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April 9, 2020

1/25/2020 7:30:00 AM
Another defendant sentenced in St. Germain drug house raid
Abigail Bostwick
Of The Lakeland Times

A woman charged following a drug bust last summer in St. Germain has been sentenced in Vilas County Circuit Court.

Rebeca Richter, 35, Rhinelander, was living with then-boyfriend Timothy Birchbauer, 40, St. Germain, when a drug overdose by another man led Vilas County deputies to their residence for a more in-depth investigation, according to the criminal complaint.

Search warrants were executed in May and Richter was charged with felony possession with intent to sell cocaine, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and maintaining a drug trafficking place, all as party to a crime and as a repeat offender. She also faced included misdemeanors including possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child, also all as party to a crime and as a repeat offender.

In court Friday, Jan. 17 before Judge Neal Nielsen, the counts involving maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child were dismissed on a motion by Vilas County district attorney Martha Milanowski.

The count of possession of cocaine with intent to sell was amended to eliminate the repeater enhancer. Richter pled no contest to that count and possessing an illegal prescription and was found guilty.

For possessing cocaine with intent to deliver, Richter was sentenced to prison for three years and six months - one year and six months initial confinement followed by two years extended supervision. That sentence is stayed, meaning the execution of the sentence is being withheld with probation and but can be revoked if Richter violates terms. The probation term will be 36 months.

For possessing an illegal prescription, the court ordered 36 months probation. Conditions include alcohol and drug assessment and counseling and following of any treatment or aftercare deemed appropriate. Richter also must maintain absolute sobriety and only have contact with Birchbauer as permitted by her overseeing agents. Court costs will range to just under $1,000.

Meanwhile, Birchbauer was charged with possession of a firearm as a felon and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver narcotics and maintaining a drug trafficking place as party to a crime. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child, all as party to crime. After allegedly violating that bond by talking to Richter, he was further charged with several counts of felony bail jumping.

Also charged in the same matter were Grace Barbolla, 24, Sayner, with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia all as felonies and as party to a crime. Late last year, she was found guilty of two counts of child neglect and issued probation.

She may apply for expungement upon successful completion.

Justin Sernovitz, 38, St. Germain, was also charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, second offense possession THC and possession of drug paraphernalia, all as party to a crime.

His case is still pending with court appearances set for later this year.

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at abigail@lakelandtimes.com.





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