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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Ryan Spence of Madison was sentenced by Judge Stephen Ehlke to a total prison term of three years initial confinement and five years of extended supervision on two felony convictions for delivery of heroin and bail jumping. Spence had previously entered guilty pleas to those charges on March 27, 2014.
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 the same 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.
While Spence was released from custody awaiting resolution of the drug case, he was caught on September 11, 2013, attempting to steal a piece of stereo equipment with an accomplice from Wal-Mart. The incident formed the basis for the felony bail jumping charge. An additional count of bail jumping and one count of retail theft were dismissed as part of the plea agreement in this case.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas is representing the State on the heroin case as special prosecutor for Dane County. This case was investigated by the Madison Police Department.