Hobart man sentenced to four years in heroin death case

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GREEN BAY – A Hobart man will spend four years in prison for providing the heroin that contributed to a woman’s death two years ago.

Matthew L. Belekevich, 32, was sentenced for delivery of heroin, a charge reduced from an original charge of first-degree reckless homicide. The charge was reduced when prosecutors learned that Destinie Saldana, 21, died July 15, 2015, of polysubstance overdose. Tests revealed other illegal drugs in her system that she apparently had taken independently of the heroin Belekevich gave her, but which might have been sufficient to kill her even without that heroin, prosecutors said.

Brown County Circuit Judge Kendall Kelley ordered that Belekevich spend five years on extended supervision following his prison term.

Kelley said he gave consideration to the fact that Belekevich turned evidence on the man who had supplied him with the heroin and even agreed to make a controlled buy for drug investigators, further implicating the man. Deante Chambers, 33, of Green Bay is serving eight years in prison for those two crimes.

Belekevich called 911 after finding Saldana dead in his bedroom, a complaint says.  The two injected heroin together, and later Belekevich injected her with Narcan, an antidote to a heroin overdose.  She later asked him to inject her with another dose of heroin, the complaint says.

Belekevich, meanwhile, faces two new felonies and a misdemeanor. He is accused in Brown County Circuit Court of sexually groping a woman, battering her and being drunk, all in violation of terms of his bond in the heroin case.

The complaint says he forced himself on the woman while visiting her and her family at her De Pere home on June 22. He attacked her in her driveway at 4:30 p.m., and when she pushed him a way, he told her, “Do you know who I am? I’m Matt (expletive) Belekevich,” the complaint says.

He could face 56 years in prison for second-degree sexual assault, battery and bail jumping, all charged with a repeat offender enhancement. He is jailed on a $20,000 cash bond in the case and is awaiting an Aug. 4 plea date.

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