Maria Larson, 49, of Trevor, was in court today for her initial appearance. She was in court voluntarily, in lieu of being arrested for her outstanding $75,000 warrant. Larson was charged today with first degree reckless homicide, facing 40 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Larson has a long history of crime, starting at least as far back as 1996. She was convicted in Kenosha County of conspiracy to deliver cocaine and was given probation. In 2010, she was convicted of DUI and retail theft in Florida. In 2013, she was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Illinois in which she missed court twice. She got probation. In 2021, the Kenosha County DA’s office charged Larson with with felony second degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct – domestic abuse. This was for a November 27, 2021 incident in which she was accused of endangering the public by driving in a reckless manner while arguing with her boyfriend in her car, almost crashing into another vehicle. The Kenosha County DA dropped the felony and she plead to the DC charge and was fined. She has never been sentenced to jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of Ted Kmiec, an attorney and Salem Lakes trustee, at about 6:54 pm on March 21, 2022. When deputies arrived on scene, Kmiec brought them to his bedroom, where the woman lay dead. Deputies and paramedics quickly realized the woman was beyond life saving measures. A Sheriff’s detective arrived on scene and determined it was a likely fentanyl/opiate overdose. The medical examiner’s office ruled the cause of death as acute fentanyl intoxication. The woman’s cell phone was examined and police found several suspicious conversations with an individual known as Jerry Campion between the dates of February 20, 2022 and March 12, 2022. During these messages, the woman was offering to buy pills from Campion. In one message, the woman says she intentionally took too many pills “for fun.” Campion told her to be careful with taking too much. Campion was questioned by detectives and initially denied selling drugs to the woman. He finally admitted that he was the woman’s drug dealer. He told police she would crush the pills and snort them. Campion told police he bought theses pills from Larson. Larson gave police a hypothetical that involved her knowing that the drugs were very strong and dangerous and eventually stopped selling them.
Kmiec (61) is married, and his wife is reportedly currently battling cancer. Since publication, Kmiec and his wife have both said publicly that Mrs. Kmiec’s cancer is in remission. KCE has learned that Kmiec knew his mistress’ drug dealer, Gerald Campion. In fact, Kmiec represented Campion in a felony matter, in which Campion was alleged to have punched his wife, slammed her into a wall, and choked her until she passed out and fell to the floor. Kmiec got the felony dropped. Kmiec has refused to answer any of our questions about this unnatural death.
Campion is still wanted on a $75,000 warrant and at the time of publication has not been booked into the Kenosha County Jail.
In court today, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Tombasco pointed out Larson’s criminal history and the “strength of the state’s case” due to her incriminating statements. He also suggested that Larson was a flight risk and a significant cash bond was needed to secure her appearance in court.
Defense attorney Terry Rose asked for a reasonable cash bond, citing the fact that Larson was in court today and hired him as soon as she suspected she might be arrested. He told the court that his client wasn’t a flight risk and has lived in Kenosha County her whole life.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Larry Keating said that the allegation against Larson was “very very serious.” He pointed out the maximum sentence of 40 years. He mentioned her ties to Illinois and Florida and agreed that there was a flight risk. With that, he set Larson’s bond at $25,000 and ordered Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies to take her into custody.
Larson was able to post bond this evening at about 6:45 pm. She was ordered to stay away from the deceased woman’s family members, including the Salem Lakes Municipal Judge, who is her father. Larson is due in court on February 16, 2023 at 8:30 am for a preliminary hearing.