Oconto couple charged in second heroin death

Acquitted in Oconto case, woman faces charges in Marinette
Warren Bluhm
Oconto County Times Herald Editor

OCONTO — An Oconto woman acquitted in December of first-degree reckless homicide was due to appear in Marinette County Circuit Court on Monday to face charges in another heroin death.

On Feb. 11, Oconto County Judge Michael T. Judge sentenced Chasity Denny, 30, to three years in prison followed by three years of extended supervision for the manufacture and delivery of heroin in connection with the death of Jeffrey Dean Pecha on Sept. 12, 2018.

The jury in December found Denny not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide in the case, in which a co-defendant, Brian A. Blasing, faces similar charges. Blasing is being held in the Oconto County Jail awaiting a jury trial in May.

Judge ruled that after her first two years in prison, Denny may be eligible for the Substance Abuse Program, which allows for early release upon completion of the program. He also ordered her to undergo an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow all recommendations.

Two weeks after the Oconto County jury found her not guilty, Marinette County officials charged Denny and Blasing with first-degree reckless homicide in the Feb. 17, 2019, fentanyl overdose of Terry Westphal, of Pound. The criminal complaint indicates Westphal was in contact with the two defendants with a text message saying he wanted to buy “half a gram.” A friend said Westphal had gone out with Blasing early that morning, and Blasing and Denny were known drug dealers, the complaint said.
In a separate case, the two are charged with the manufacture and delivery of cocaine in connection with a January 2019 sale to a Marinette County confidential informant.

Blasing and Denny were scheduled to make the balance of their initial appearances before Marinette County Judge James A. Morrison on Monday.