By Jacob Mathias
A warrant is out for a teenage Wisconsin Rapids man facing felony charges after allegedly giving a prescription medication to another high school student.
Brett Kelly, 18, failed to make his initial appearance in Wood County Circuit Court on Monday, prompting the Honorable Judge Todd P. Wolf to issue a bench warrant. Kelly is charged with the delivery of schedule II narcotics, a class E felony, and two counts of felony bail jumping, a class H felony. For the narcotics charge, Kelly faces a maximum sentence of up to a $50,000 fine or 15 years imprisonment or both. For each count of bail jumping the maximum sentence is a $10,000 fine or six years imprisonment or both.
According to court documents, a Wisconsin Rapids Police officer was working at Lincoln High School on Oct. 16, 2014 when he became aware that an ambulance had arrived at the school to treat and transport a student who’d had a seizure.
The officer later spoke with the seizure patient’s father who said the seizure may have been caused by some pills that Kelly had given his son. When officers spoke with Kelly, he admitted to giving the pills, which belonged to his mother, to the seizure patient. He said the pills were Focalin, a schedule II narcotic used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
At the time of the incident, Kelly was free on a $5,000 signature bond for a charge of arson and a $2,000 signature bond for a charge of burglary. Any crime violates the terms of the bond, resulting in the charges of felony bail jumping.
Then bench warrant for Kelly was issued on September 22 and is still active.