Media Center

Green Bay Man Charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide in Heroin Death Investigation

MARINETTE COUNTY — After a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown County Drug Task Force, Clarence J. Wilson (DOB 3/9/1973) of Green Bay was charged on August, 27, 2014, with First Degree Reckless Homicide, a Class C Felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both.


According to the criminal complaint, on June 28, 2014, officers and medical personnel responded to a home in the Town of Stephenson, Marinette County, for the possible overdose of a 25-year-old male.  After attempts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the home.  Responding officers observed drug paraphernalia where the individual was found in the home, according to the complaint. 


One day earlier (on June 27, 2014), the victim and a witness purchased $125 worth -- or three bags -- of Heroin, according to the complaint, from a source known as “Muff” and later identified as Clarence Wilson.  Upon using one of the bags of Heroin on June 27, 2014, the victim overdosed and was taken to a Green Bay hospital, where he was treated and released, according to the complaint.  


Mr. Wilson was arrested July 10, 2014, and remains in custody at the Brown County Jail.  His booking photo is available here.  During a search of Mr. Wilson’s Green Bay apartment, law enforcement seized suspected Heroin, a cell phone, scale and other drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint.


A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.  The complaint is available here.


The Marinette County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case.  This investigation was conducted by DCI at the Department of Justice, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and the Brown County Drug Task Force. 


Heroin has become a significant problem across Wisconsin, including in Marinette County.  These dangerous drug incidents are vigorously investigated by state and local law enforcement agencies in an attempt to decrease the impact of Heroin and other dangerous drugs in our communities.