WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has ordered a lengthy prison term for a man convicted of homicide in an overdose death case.

DrydenWire.com reported in October 2019, that Jonathan Kakazu, of Hayward, WI, was facing charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide following an investigation into an overdose death that occurred in Sawyer County in August 2019.

The investigation by Law Enforcement revealed that Kakazu had provided the deceased with controlled substances during the hours prior to the death. Tests conducted by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab showed the presence of Heroin, Tramadol, and Fentanyl in samples obtained by Law Enforcement during the course of the investigation.

An autopsy was conducted, confirming the presence of Heroin, Tramadol, and Fentanyl in blood samples obtained from the deceased.



At a hearing on September 14, 2020, the Court ordered a 30-year sentence for Kakazu; 15 years of initial confinement followed by 15 years of extended supervision with credit for 456 days already served in confinement.

Kakazu is to pay over $9,000 in restitution, court costs, and fines; maintain absolute sobriety with random urinalysis; undergo cognitive thinking programming and moral recognition therapy along with any other counseling deemed appropriate by agent, and also complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow-through with recommendations.


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