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Crystal Lake man charged with drug-induced homicide of woman in Woodstock

Lorachioe S. Sockwell, 52, of Crystal Lake.

A Crystal Lake man was charged with drug-induced homicide after allegedly delivering fentanyl-laced heroin to a woman in Woodstock.

Lorachioe S. Sockwell, 52, of the 0-100 block of East Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake, was charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.

The Woodstock Police Department began investigating the death of Julia Saban, 40, of Woodstock, on November 4.

Officers found Saban dead inside her residence and located hypodermic syringes next to the woman, according to a motion filed by McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Hudson.

An investigation revealed that Sockwell purchased hundreds of dollars of illegal narcotics in Chicago and sold portions of the drugs to Saban, Hudson said.

Toxicology reports showed that Saban had 70 ng/ml of fentanyl in her blood at the time of her death. The therapeutic range for fentanyl consumption is 1-3 ng/ml.

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A criminal complaint alleged that Sockwell delivered fentanyl-laced heroin to Saban and she injected a portion of it into her body, causing her death.

Sockwell was arrested on January 11 and transported to the McHenry County jail where he remains held on a $100,000 bond.

He will need to post $10,000 in order to be released on bail. Sockwell is scheduled to appear in court on January 28 for a preliminary hearing.