A Woodstock man, who is a convicted felon, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a bust where he was found with a large quantity of drugs along with 11 guns and other weapons.
William L. Kounanis, 68, of Woodstock, was charged in 2020 and 2021 with two counts of manufacturing or delivery of cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine, 17 counts of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cannabis, two counts of manufacturing or delivery of cannabis, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of armed violence.
McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Brette Dunbar said officers conducted a traffic stop on Kounanis’ vehicle on March 1, 2020.
Officers found 368 grams of cocaine, 48 grams of psilocybin, 83 grams of cannabis, a loaded firearm, loose ammunition, a switchblade knife and a baton with a spring attached, according to Dunbar.
McHenry County sheriff’s deputies also located packaging material and drug paraphernalia along with $8,591 in cash.
Kounanis is a convicted felon and is not allowed to possess any firearms, ammunition or dangerous weapons, court records show.
A search warrant was later executed on the man’s vehicle and at his residence in the 12600 block of Davis Road in unincorporated Woodstock.
Dunbar said the warrant resulted in officers finding two pounds of cannabis, a money counter, a cutting agent and packaging material in the vehicle.
Officers located 10 guns, firearm ammunition, a switchblade, brass knuckles and a stun gun inside his home, according to Dunbar.
Kounanis was released from the McHenry County Jail following his arrest after posting 10% of a $250,000 combined bond.
Court documents show Kounanis later violated conditions of his pre-trial release and also failed to appear in court, leading to a warrant with a bond increase.
He has been held in custody since the warrant was served in May 2021.
Kounanis entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office earlier this week.
He pleaded guilty to one count of armed violence, a Class X felony, in exchange for the rest of his charges in all of his pending cases being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis approved the plea deal and sentenced Kounanis to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The sentence will be served at 50% and Kounanis will receive 882 days of credit for time already served.