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Sentencing for ex-probation agent Hoenisch may be delayed again

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - It’s been over four months since former state probation agent Kim Hoenisch of Wausau was convicted of stealing painkillers from offenders she supervised.

And it could be two more months before she’s sentenced.

Hoenisch pleaded no contest January 29th in Marathon County to five charges of drug possession, burglary, and misconduct in public office. Her sentencing was first set for April 25th, and was later moved to July 1st.

Now, her attorney – Harry Hertel of Eau Claire – wants it pushed back for another 4 to 5 weeks.

Hertel says he’s waiting for an independent pre-sentence investigation to be completed – and it’s taking longer than normal because it needs to be done by an expert in his client’s profession.

Hertel also told WSAU Radio in Wausau he disagrees with parts of the state’s pre-sentence report – and he received a diagnosis this week that requires him to have a hip replacement.

Judge Ann Knox-Bauer could decide at a hearing on June 17th whether the sentencing will be delayed again.

Hoenisch made a plea deal with prosecutors, in which both sides would ask for an 18-month prison sentence and two years of extended supervision. Authorities said she repeatedly stole painkillers from clients at her office, and at offenders’ homes where she did not have permission to enter.

Back in January, Hertel said Hoenisch was fighting addictions to painkillers since the 1990’s, when she had plates and screws put in her legs to help her function.