A 24-year-old Harvard man, who is a convicted sex offender, was sentenced to nine years in prison for strangling his underage girlfriend and possessing a large amount of meth, prosecutors said.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested 24-year-old Noe Olivares-Castaneda on November 21, 2018 at his home in the 400 block of West Street in Harvard.
The Narcotics Task Force, U.S. Marshals and the Harvard Police Department seized 159.4 grams of meth, 13.8 grams of cocaine and an unspecified amount of marijuana during a search warrant at Olivares-Castaneda’s home.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said the estimated street value of the drugs was $17,320. Olivares-Castaneda was charged with four counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
He was also charged with aggravated domestic battery and failure to register as a sex offender. Olivares-Castaneda, who is a convicted sex offender, failed to register his new address with police, which was within 500 feet of a park.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said that Olivares-Castaneda strangled his 16-year-old girlfriend in November 2018, which is when police discovered the drugs in his home.
Olivares-Castaneda pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine between 100-400 grams, aggravated domestic battery and failure to register as a sex offender. In exchange, the other drug charges were dropped in the plea deal.
Olivares-Castaneda was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Michael Coppedge.
The cases were investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Harvard Police Department. They were prosecuted by Robert Ladd and Brian Miller of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.