Office of the State's Attorney - Patrick D. Kenneally

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Patrick KenneallyWelcome to the website for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.  It is the honor of a lifetime to represent the hardworking people of McHenry County as their State’s Attorney.

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Man Who Delivered Lethal Dose of Heroin Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Post Date:12/22/2016

Defendant Elias Ramos-Ortiz, age 20 of Crystal Lake, was sentenced today to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for Unlawful Delivery of Heroin that resulted in the death of a 20 year-old man.

“Anytime someone is involved in distributing heroin in this community, they are putting the lives of our residents at risk,” said Patrick Kenneally.  “While court programs that promote recovery are important, prison was the only adequate response to the Defendant’s actions that resulted in a young life being lost.”

On December 22, 2016, the Defendant and the decedent went to the City of Chicago to obtain heroin. The Defendant purchased 18 bags of heroin.  After purchasing the heroin, the Defendant delivered it to the decedent.  Upon returning to the home he shared with his parents in Crystal Lake, the decedent overdosed.  He was found by his mother, who immediately called the police.  Despite the valiant efforts by the Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire and Rescue, the decedent could not be revived.   

This case was prosecuted by Michael Combs, Special Prosecutor and Grand Jury Supervisor.  The lead investigator on the case was Detective Eitel of the Crystal Lake Police Department. 

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