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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Ryan Spence of Madison was convicted of one count of delivery of heroin (less than 3 grams) following his guilty plea before the Honorable Stephen Ehlke. A presentence investigation report was ordered by the judge, and sentencing will be set for a later date.
According to the criminal complaint, Spence was with two other individuals, Dominic Lombardo and Bryan Brooks, on July 27, 2013, when they discussed the purchase of heroin. Lombardo drove Spence and Brooks to the north side of Madison where Spence was able to purchase heroin from a dealer he knew. Spence then returned to the vehicle and shared the heroin with the other two men, and Spence helped Brooks inject the heroin. All three men were arrested in the parking lot of a business on Northport Drive that day. Inside of the car, police recovered a small amount of heroin, used syringes containing suspected heroin, and various drug paraphernalia associated with the use of heroin. Spence and the other two men gave statements to police implicating themselves in the drug activity.
Delivery of heroin (less than 3 grams) is a Class F felony punishable by a fine of not more than $25,000 or imprisonment for not more than 12 years and six months, or both. Spence also pleaded guilty to one count of felony bail jumping in connection with a separate incident in which he and an accomplice attempted to steal merchandise from a Wal-Mart. By pleading guilty in that case, Spence admitted to violating the terms of his release in the heroin case. Lombardo and Brooks each pleaded guilty to one count of possession of heroin in connection with the July 27, 2013, incident with Spence.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State as special prosecutor for Dane County. This case was investigated by the Madison Police Department.