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Manawa Man Charged Enters Pleas and is Sentenced for Possession of Prescription Drugs and Controlled Substances


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on March 9, 2011, that a Manawa resident was sentenced in Waupaca County Circuit Court.


Van Hollen stated that Benjamin Barrington (y.o.b. 1974), a Manawa resident and former Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy, entered pleas to the misdemeanor charges of possession of a prescription substance (hydrocodone) (PTAC) and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) before the Hon. Philip M. Kirk, a Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge.  Judge Kirk sentenced Barrington as follows: placed on probation for two years, ordered to 6 months county jail (with the time stayed), and community service.


According to the criminal complaint, Barrington developed a long term relationship with another individual involved with the sale of controlled substances (cocaine) in the Waupaca area.  On an ongoing basis in 2008 and 2009, Barrington purchased cocaine from the other individual for personal use.  In addition, in 2009 Barrington shared prescription medication with the individual. 


The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant Attorney General Donald V. Latorraca represents the state.


A copy of the criminal complaint is available at:


2011 file: