A Wonder Lake woman was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance but not guilty of drug-induced homicide for delivering oxycodone to a Harvard woman just before she died from an overdose in 2017.
Sara R. Peters, 34, of Wonder Lake, was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, following a jury trial before McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt. The jury acquitted Peters of the charge of drug-induced homicide.
The Harvard Police Department and Harvard Fire Protection District responded on December 29, 2017 to the residence of Deadra D. Block after the woman was found unresponsive and not breathing.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office said that Block was transported to a local hospital but died a short time later.
Medical and toxicological examination revealed that Block died of an oxycodone overdose. Prosecutors said that Peters had sold 25 oxycodone pills to Block an hour before her death when she ingested of the 10 pills.
However, Peters said that she only sold Block 15 pills and her attorney argued that there were other people who sold Block oxycodone pills, the Northwest Herald reported.
Peters faces 3 to 7 years in prison and will be sentenced on November 20.
The case was investigated by members of the Harvard Police Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Robert Ladd and Michael Combs of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.