Crime & Courts

Police: Zion man gave fatal dose of heroin to Algonquin woman

James F. Linder
James F. Linder

WOODSTOCK – Police have charged a Zion man with providing a fatal dose of heroin to a 21-year-old Algonquin woman.

James F. Linder, 34, of 2819 Ezra Ave., Apt. 3, appeared in rights court Monday, charged with drug-induced homicide. According to the criminal complaint, Linder provided heroin to Danielle Barzyk. Barzyk inhaled the heroin in Algonquin and later died, the criminal complaint states.

Barzyk died Saturday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell confirmed. An autopsy to determine a cause of death is set for Tuesday morning, although toxicology reports may take several weeks.

Michael Combs, chief of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office Criminal Division, reserved further comment until the autopsy was completed.

Just three days earlier, Barzyk appeared before a McHenry County judge who cleared Barzyk from a yearlong probation sentence.

Part of her probation on a criminal damage to property charge included a drug screen and drug and alcohol treatment. Court records indicate she successfully completed the terms of her misdemeanor sentence, and Judge Gordon Graham terminated her probation Wednesday.

Drug-induced homicide is a Class X felony. If convicted, Linder faces a possible prison term of six to 30 years in prison.

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