La Crosse woman sentenced to four years on homicide charge

2012-07-25T10:30:00Z 2012-07-26T06:32:07Z La Crosse woman sentenced to four years on homicide chargeBy ANNE JUNGEN | La Crosse Tribune

A La Crosse woman who admitted providing a powerful painkiller to a man who fatally overdosed in August before three men dumped his body on the city’s North Side was sentenced today to four years in prison.

La Crosse County Circuit Judge Todd Bjerke’s sentence imposed on Christina Lorenz exceeded a request from prosecutors for a three-year term.

“This is your last chance,” he told her.

Lorenz, 38, pleaded guilty in April to a reduced charge of party to the crime of second-degree reckless homicide in 40-year-old Anthony DuCharme’s death.

Prosecutors charged Lorenz and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Cain Moss, with first-degree reckless homicide for providing the Fentanyl that killed DuCharme on Aug. 2.

DuCharme fell asleep after one hit of the prescription painkiller he smoked with Lorenz and Moss at 1909 Wood St., according to court records.

Moss, his father and Patrick Valiquette, 60, then dumped his body on Indian Hill along the 700 block of Oak Street. Moss led police to it two days later.

Prosecutors charged Lorenz and Cain Moss under the state’s Len Bias law, which holds drug suppliers accountable in fatal overdose cases. Cain Moss also is charged with hiding a corpse as party to the crime.

Robert Moss, 57, was sentenced to one year in prison while Valiquette is serving five years on probation for their roles in the crime. Cain Moss’ case is pending.

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  1. respect1998
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    respect1998 - March 22, 2013 10:28 am
    christina lorenz is my mom and she has seven kids my name is maggie mitchell and my mom is a good person she made mistakes and im in foster care im tried of people talking stuff about my mother
  2. staystrong365247
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    staystrong365247 - March 07, 2013 12:17 pm
    i am her son and she had seven
  3. What you say
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    What you say - September 26, 2012 11:16 am
    Oh and there are 7 kids altogether. One is an adult now and the rest are minors. The way the kids suffer, her sentence should have been much longer!
  4. What you say
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    What you say - September 26, 2012 11:15 am
    Johnny A- You are uninformed. This is not her first, second or third run in with the law. She is unable to stay away from drugs.
  5. ThaTruth
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    ThaTruth - July 26, 2012 12:03 am
    oh and yeah she is a "menace to society"
  6. ThaTruth
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    ThaTruth - July 26, 2012 12:02 am
    Johnny A, you really think that a person that supplied people with a drug they smoked and died from? how about people who supply other people with heroin to smoke or bang up their arms. do you think they should get off without prison 2? lol she's a drug dealer!!! good people don't deal drugs that kill people. smh
  7. Anonangel
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    Anonangel - July 25, 2012 8:50 pm
    4 years...... if she was a minority from out of town people would be protesting at the trial. whatever...
  8. Richy
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    Richy - July 25, 2012 5:38 pm
    Yea another Drug Pushing Lorenz in Jail! Things may be getting safer for our kids after all in lacrosse!
  9. mypeeps
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    mypeeps - July 25, 2012 3:08 pm
    Johnny A - I would normally agree to the solution you suggest, however, it's not her first rodeo with the law. She has been put on probation before, required to get treatment, etc... Look it up on CCAP. Is a prison sentence going to clean her up? Probably not by itself, she is going to have to want to get clean and want to straighten up her life. She has kids...I think I heard 5. The dad is a loser (not Cain Moss) and he used to beat the living you know what out of her from what I hear. Unfortunately these kids lives have suffered enough throughout the years and it's time for her to woman up and take care of her responsibilities when she gets out of prison. It's too bad because I remember her growing up in the same neighborhood and she was a great kid.
  10. Johnny A
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    Johnny A - July 25, 2012 1:03 pm
    I don't know Ms. Lorenz, but I think she is the kind of criminal that should sentenced to probation. Yes, she's guillty of contributing to the death of another person but isn't a menace to society (if you don't use drugs illegally). I'd like to see someone like her go into court-ordered rehab (cheaper than a prison sentence), and then spend the next several years working to reimburse the county for her incarceration and trial expenses. If she gets caught going back to her old ways, then a prison sentence would be in order.
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