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A Racine man was charged with first-degree reckless homicide after he sold heroin to a man who died of an overdose on July 3.

Investigators with the Racine Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit were investigating Cory D. Borchart, 34, and his girlfriend Amanda Kaprelian, 34, for narcotics and heroin trafficking. During the investigation, they were made aware of another ongoing investigation into the overdose death of a 24-year-old Racine man in which Borchart was a person of interest, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Police executed a search warrant at an address within the 400 block of 16th Street based upon evidence collected during the controlled purchases of narcotics from Borchart and Kaprelian.

Police found the couple walking near the address on the warrant and arrested the pair. Borchart had a bindle with 4.2 grams of heroin in his sock and Kaprelian had a bindle with 1 gram of heroin in her “buttock area.”

When police searched the residence, no controlled substances were found. But they did locate: “Dozens and dozens of hypodermic needles” along with other forms of drug paraphernalia.

A search of the deceased man’s phone revealed that he was speaking with Borchart just hours leading up to his death. When interviewed by police, Borchart admitted to selling the man “some very powerful heroin” the night that he overdosed and died, according to a criminal complaint.

Borchart is charged with delivering schedule I and II narcotics, two counts of delivering heroin, possessing heroin with intent to sell, maintaining a drug trafficking place and first-degree reckless homicide.

Kaprelian is charged with delivering schedule I and II narcotics, possession with intent to sell heroin and maintaining a drug trafficking place.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.