A federal judge in Madison sentenced Erica Litsheim, 24, of Rochester, Minn., to 12 months and one day in prison for conspiracy to possess oxycodone with the intent to distribute.
Litsheim pleaded guilty to the charge on September 3, 2013.
The conspiracy began in the summer of 2008 and ended in 2011. The object was to purchase oxycodone pills from Atlanta and/or Miami, and sell the pills in the La Crosse area.
The oxycodone pills were paid for by MoneyGram wire transfers and shipped to the La Crosse area via Federal Express. Approximately 13 people sent money via MoneyGram.
Litsheim sent approximately $30,976 on 21 different occasions between November 2008 and January 2010 via MoneyGram. In total, investigators determined that approximately $354,208 was wired via MoneyGram for oxycodone pills.
After payment was made for the pills, they were sent to various individuals via Federal Express in stuffed animals. Litsheim received 11 Federal Express packages that contained oxycodone pills. The investigation revealed that a total of approximately 39,556 pills were purchased during the course of the conspiracy.
The advisory sentencing guideline range for the Litsheim's offense is 70 to 87 months in prison. However, the court reasoned that Litsheim committed the offense to feed her drug addiction and she had not previously been sentenced to more than a few months in jail.
The Court also applauded Litsheim for earning her GED while being incarcerated and for her sobriety.