A judge sentenced a Chicago man to six years in prison for selling drugs that led to a 36-year-old Crystal Lake man’s fatal overdose.
Pablo Nieves, 59, of the 1800 block of North St. Louis Avenue in Chicago, pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.
Nieves took a train from Chicago to Crystal Lake on December 4 and delivered less than one gram of a substance containing heroin to the 36-year-old victim’s girlfriend, court documents show.
The girlfriend shared the drugs with her boyfriend, Mathew Moore, who died after he injected the heroin into his body, prosecutors and court documents said.
A criminal complaint also said that Nieves possessed less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin.
Days later, a judge approved an arrest warrant for Nieves for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.
Nieves was arrested and held on a $50,000 bond.
After posting bond, a judge approved another arrest warrant for Nieves for drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, and ordered Nieves to be held on a $200,000 bond.
Nieves’ case was heard before McHenry County Judge Robert A. Wilbrandt.
On Tuesday, Wilbrandt sentenced Nieves to six years in state prison after he entered in the plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The man pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance charge in exchange for prosecutors dismissing charges of drug-induced homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The case was investigated by Detective Mattson of the Crystal Lake Police Department and prosecuted by Ken Hudson of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.