Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake man charged with drug-induced homicide in Wonder Lake woman's death

Jessie A. Brown, 23, of Crystal Lake, charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony. The charges are in connection with the March 25, 2016, death of a Wonder Lake woman.
Jessie A. Brown, 23, of Crystal Lake, charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony. The charges are in connection with the March 25, 2016, death of a Wonder Lake woman.

WOODSTOCK – A 23-year-old Crystal Lake man has been charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with a suspected morphine overdose death in Wonder Lake.

Jessie A. Brown, of the 1800 block of South Street, was arrested Wednesday after a monthlong investigation in connection with the death of 20-year-old Wonder Lake resident Ashley M. Mancuso. Brown will appear in court Monday before McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office was dispatched March 25 to the 7800 block of Balsam Drive, Wonder Lake, and found evidence indicating the 20-year-old might have ingested morphine before she died, according to a release from the sheriff's office. The case was then turned over to the McHenry County Sheriff's Police Narcotics Task Force – which includes the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Police Narcotics Task Force also was assisted in its investigation by the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office and the McHenry County Coroner's Office.

Brown is in custody at the McHenry County Correctional Facility on $250,000 bond.

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