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5 years in prison for man charged with selling heroin in fatal overdose death of McHenry man

Kenneth M. Harris, 26, of Woodridge.

A 26-year-old man who pleaded guilty to reduced charges for his role in selling fentanyl-laced heroin in the overdose death of a 28-year-old McHenry man has been sentenced to prison.

Kenneth M. Harris, 26, of the 2200 block of 83rd Street in Woodridge, was originally charged with three counts of drug induced homicide in the death of Charles D. McCoy, 27, of McHenry.

Harris took an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance in exchange for his drug-induced homicide charges to be dismissed.

On September 5, 2018, the McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call that McCoy was found unresponsive in the 3200 block of Kinley Blvd.

First responders attempted life saving measures, including administration of Narcan, but McCoy was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, McHenry Police Chief John Birk said.

Autopsy results confirmed that McCoy’s death was attributed to the adverse effect of heroin and fentanyl. Police learned that Harris delivered the drugs to Gabriel A. Stanaszek, who then delivered them to McCoy.

Stanaszek, 21, of the 800 block of Buckingham Court in Crystal Lake, was charged with one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

Harris was sentenced to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge. He will be required to pay $3,633.75 in court fees and could have his sentenced cut in half for good behavior.

Stanaszek is scheduled to appear in court on January 3.


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