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Madison man charged with selling heroin that killed drug purchaser

Madison man charged with selling heroin that killed drug purchaser

A Madison man was charged Wednesday with selling heroin that caused the overdose death of a 27-year-old man at a Prairie du Sac hospital in December.

Jeffrey D. Skidmore, 47, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for causing the death of the man who died on Dec. 30 from a combination of the effects of heroin and fentanyl, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Skidmore.

According to the complaint, the man became unconscious after injecting heroin purchased from Skidmore. His friend drove him to Sauk Prairie Hospital, where he died, the complaint states. The man is identified in the complaint only by his initials.

According to the complaint:

During an interview with police, the man’s friend wrote down the name “Jeff Skidmore,” and said that Skidmore had delivered the heroin to the man on the day that he died.

The friend said he had contacted Skidmore using the man’s cellphone and arranged to buy $50 worth of heroin from Skidmore.

The friend said the man got out of his car, walked up to Skidmore, who was alone in his own car, and made the purchase through the window. Skidmore then drove off.

The friend said he watched as the man then cooked the heroin and injected himself, then lapsed into unconsciousness. The friend said he pushed the man into the passenger side of the man’s truck and drove him to Sauk Prairie Hospital.

Emergency room personnel immediately started life-saving measures, but the man died.

According to court records, Skidmore has been convicted in the past of selling drugs and in 2007 was charged with stealing 52 bronze vases from a West Side cemetery that were later sold at a metal recycling business.

Skidmore was sentenced to probation.

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