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Drug dealer sentenced to 7.5 years in prison in connection with McHenry man’s fatal overdose

Derrick J. Buttrum, 30, of McHenry.

A Crystal Lake man has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for delivering heroin mixed with fentanyl to a McHenry man shortly before he suffered a fatal overdose in 2018.

Derrick J. Buttrum, 30, of McHenry, was found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance following a negotiated plea before McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt.

Buttrum was originally charged with three counts of drug-induced homicide, two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

McHenry Police Department Commander Ryan Sciame said that first responders were called on June 28, 2018 to the 4000 block of West Main Street in McHenry for an unresponsive man who overdosed on drugs.

Sciame said that paramedics performed life saving measures on Richard T. Hyde, 40, of McHenry, but those efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

Autopsy results showed that Hyde died from a polysubstance overdose, which included Xanax, oxycodone and fentanyl.

Prosecutors said that Buttrum delivered heroin containing fentanyl to Hyde shortly before his death. Buttrum was sentenced to an extended-term sentence of 7 ½ years in the Illinois Department of Corrections pursuant to the plea.

The case was investigated by members of the McHenry Police Department and prosecuted by Robert Ladd and Kyle Bruett of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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