Crime & Courts

Crystal Lake man gets 6 years in prison for selling lethal dose of heroin to 20-year-old man

Elias A. Ramos-Ortiz
Elias A. Ramos-Ortiz

WOODSTOCK — A Crystal Lake man will spend six years in prison after he admitted to selling heroin to a 20-year-old man who died.

Elias A. Ramos-Ortiz, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday in McHenry County Court to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony. The felony is punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

All other charges against the defendant were dismissed by the state's attorney's office. He will receive credit for time spent in the McHenry County Jail.

"Anytime someone is involved in distributing heroin in this community, they are putting the lives of our residents at risk," State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a statement. "While court programs that promote recovery are important, prison was the only adequate response to the defendant's actions that resulted in a young life being lost."

Ramos-Ortiz was arrested in February and faced drug induced homicide charges after Crystal Lake police officers questioned him about the overdose death of Jack T. Crawford.

Crawford, 20, died Feb. 4 at a family home in Crystal Lake, police have said. Police were dispatched to the home about 5:30 a.m. for the report of a possible heroin overdose and found Crawford not breathing. Responding officers administered nasal Narcan, performed CPR and used an automated defibrillator without success, police have said.

Authorities have said Ramos-Ortiz went to Chicago to buy 18 bags of heroin and sold $160 worth of it to Crawford.

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