Brown County Sheriff's officials say 28-year-old Cassandra Nygren, the daughter of Marinette Representative John Nygren, has been booked into the county jail on five charges: two counts of Reckless Homicide by Delivering Drugs and one count apiece of Manufacturing and Delivering Heroin, Neglecting a Child, and Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place.
The daughter of a Northeast Wisconsin legislator is one of the two people arrested on charges of First Degree Reckless Homicide by Delivering Drugs.
"We are asking that if anyone is involved in the illegal use of drugs, call the Brown County Tip Line or Green Bay Crime Stoppers", Todd Delain, chief deputy with the Brown County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Court records show them as both having a Loretta Lane address in Green Bay. Investigators were still getting information to the district attorney's office, and the two were unlikely to be charged until Thursday, Delain said.
Nygren has had a public battle with heroin abuse for almost 10 years.
Nygren was previously convicted for Possessing Narcotic Drugs in 2010 and 2015.
In June, the Drug Court team made a decision to terminate her participation, and her probation was revoked.
"First and most importantly, I offer my honest and heartfelt condolences for the loss of life".
Cassandra Nygren became the focus of fighting the growing heroin epidemic in Wisconsin, led by her father, John Nygren. In a statement, he said, "There are no words that we as a family can offer to give any real comfort for this tragic loss".
Gray has several drug-related convictions out of Outagamie County and is facing a November 13 sentencing in Outagamie County Circuit Court on a charge of tampering with a Global Positioning System device. To the family and friends of the victims of this tragedy, please know that you are in our prayers and that our hearts are heavy.
"Cassie has publicly struggled with addiction and recovery for several years".
"This is a strong reminder of how fragile the road to recovery is", he wrote.