Waukesha Man Pleads Guilty in Tosa Teenager's Heroin Death
Daniel Birtic, one of two suspects in the overdose death of Alex Hopping, pleads guilty to first-degree reckless homicide for his role in the crime.
A Waukesha who supplied heroin that later killed a Wauwatosa teenager has pleaded guilty for his role in her death.
Daniel Lee Birtic, 24, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of first-degree reckless homicide for providing heroin to Alexandra Hopping, 19, who overdosed and died in her home April 18, 2011.
A second defendant, Edwin Esteves, 33, is slated to stand trial in the case June 4; however, he will make his final pre-trial appearance Tuesday where he could also potentially plead guilty.
The men were charged under the state’s Len Bias law after Wauwatosa police officers conducted a six-month investigation into Hopping’s death inside a home in the 1800 block of North 70th Street.
The conditions of Birtic's plea arrangement were not released. According to the Hopping family, whose ordeal with Alex's addiction was told to Patch, Birtic's plea bargain involved a reduced sentence. The maximum sentence for first-degree reckless homicide under the Bias law is 40 years in prison.
Both men remain in Milwaukee County Jail. Birtic will be sentenced July 20.