By Shereen Siewert
A 19-year-old Wausau man out on bond for felony burglary and other charges is now accused of delivering heroin in February to a 56-year-old man who was found unresponsive and nearly died twice in a two-day span.
Shawn McFann is facing charges if first-degree recklessly endangering safety and delivering heroin in connection with the incidents. First-degree recklessly endangering safety charges are filed when a defendant is suspected of acting “under circumstances which show utter disregard for human life.”
McFann, who has five additional open cases in Marathon County, has no fixed address and is now jailed on a cash bond. Court records show McFann was on probation at the time he allegedly provided the near-fatal dose of heroin to the man, who was discovered without a pulse but was revived with Narcan.
At about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 rescue crews were called to a residence in the 6300 block of Aspen Street in Weston for a report of an unresponsive man who had possibly overdosed. After two doses of Narcan, the man began to breathe on his own, court documents state. Family members initially suspected the man was attempting suicide, but there was no evidence that the man injected himself with the drug.
Two days later, at about 3:46 on Feb. 22, crews in Wausau were called to a Grand Avenue home where the same man was discovered unresponsive on the floor.
Later, in interviews, the man who overdosed told police he had been addicted to drugs and alcohol since he was a juvenile, and later became addicted to heroin after being prescribed Fentanyl for pain. Investigators traced the heroin to McFann, who allegedly cut the drug with Fentanyl.
Police were on the lookout for McFann since early March but were unable to locate him until he was arrested in May on unrelated charges.
In addition to the most serious charges against him, McFann is also charged with two counts of bail jumping.
McFann, who waived statutory time limits for a preliminary hearing in the case, will have a review hearing July 5.