Admitted heroin dealer sentenced to 10 years in prison
Walworth County Judge James Carlson on Tuesday gave Minett additional time to contemplate his bad choices by sentencing him to 10 years in prison followed by 12 1/2 years of extended supervision.
Minett had pleaded guilty in February to delivering heroine and possessing cocaine with intent to deliver. Three other drug charges were dismissed but considered at sentencing. Minett also was fined $2,000.
Minett, 44, of 477 N. Fremont St., Whitewater, deserved a stiff sentence because of his criminal history, Carlson said.
Minett’s crimes spanned nearly two decades in Wisconsin and Illinois, and two drug users suffered non-fatal drug overdoses from heroin linked to Minett, Carlson said.
“His love affair was with dope,” Carlson said at sentencing. “It was greater than his love for his family.”
Minett’s life was dissected in court, starting with his claim that an older female lover enticed him with cocaine when he was 18.
His arrest early last year ended a saga of rampant sex with drug-addicted Whitewater women that he blended with the trade of opiates from Chicago, according to court records.
“This behavior pattern is one of that’s so serious a lengthy term of incarceration is required,” Carlson said.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Grube told Carlson that Minett must go to prison, although the prosecutor didn’t recommend a length of term.
Grube said Minett was a “significant heroine and cocaine dealer for a lengthy period of time.”
In an overdose linked to Minett, a Janesville woman was not breathing and had no pulse when emergency personnel arrived, Grube said. The woman was revived at a local hospital.
Minett had women vying for his attention because they wanted his heroine and cocaine, Grube said.
Minett bragged about his sexual exploits and was having a great time being a drug dealer, Grube said.
Defense attorney Andrew Walters painted a different picture.
“He was living the miserable life of a drug addict,” Walters said. “There was no money, no cars or boats. He didn’t even have an apartment. He was living on his mother’s couch.”
Minett sold drugs but did not commit violent crimes to support his own habit, Walters said.
Minett told the judge his phone bragging was done in anger and the pain of heroine withdrawal.
“There’s no way to describe how terrible I feel or the regret I feel about how my life turned out,” Minett said.
Minett described how a cocaine addiction early in life turned him into a panhandler who washed car windows at Chicago gas stations. He lived in abandoned cars.
After becoming sober, getting married and running a business helping handicapped people, Minett fell back to drugs and lost everything.
“I ended up meeting my match in heroin,” he said. “Being locked up was probably the best thing for me. After a few months without drugs, I started feeling human again.
“I’m no longer a young man running around and having fun. I’m at the age that I’m starting to see time. It’s catching up with me.”
Minett, a father of eight, said he doesn’t have an evil heart but he fears for his soul.
“I realize there really is a finish line for me.”