A Harvard man charged with drug-induced homicide for the fentanyl-laced heroin overdose of another man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
Jackson Santiago-Monsegur, 37, of the 0-100 block of North Ayer Street in Harvard, was indicted on charges of drug-induced homicide, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The charges stem from the death of Dale B. Cooper, of Harvard, who was found dead on April 21, 2019.
Court documents said that the Harvard Police Department arrived and found Cooper deceased at his home in the 100 block of McComb Street.
Officers found two small baggies containing a beige chalky residue, a hypodermic needle, a spoon and a lighter.
Officers learned that Cooper had telephone contact with Santiago-Monsegur the day before Cooper’s death.
The two men met up in the parking lot of the Harvard Walmart following their telephone call, court documents said.
Toxicology results showed Cooper died after ingesting a portion of heroin and fentanyl that police said was given to Cooper by Santiago-Monsegur.
Santiago-Monsegur entered into a blind plea in April this year, admitting to delivering a substance containing fentanyl, prosecutors said.
Santiago-Monsegur pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced the man to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The case was prosecuted by Kyle Bruett of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and investigated by the Harvard Police Department.