Crime & Courts

Trial set for Wauconda man facing drug-induced homicide charge in McHenry County

Port Barringtom man died of heroin overdose, police say

Rolando R. Aguilar
Rolando R. Aguilar

WOODSTOCK – A Wauconda man who allegedly sold a fatal dose of heroin that killed a Port Barrington man will face a jury in March.

Rolando R. Aguilar, 28, will go before a jury March 27, a McHenry County judge ordered Wednesday. He is charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony that typically carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison.

Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese said Aguilar declined an offer of eight years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. For that reason, she said, the office no longer will provide any offers to Aguilar and instead demanded a trial.

The charges stem from an incident in February 2015, when he allegedly sold heroin to 28-year-old Michael Marudecki. Marudecki was found dead in the basement of his Port Barrington home, where McHenry County sheriff’s deputies searched the residence and found evidence consistent with a drug overdose, authorities have said.

At a bond reduction hearing last year, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud told the court that Aguilar sold heroin to an undercover officer after Marudecki died. He allegedly acknowledged that he sold drugs to the decedent, and he told the officer to go slow because the heroin was strong, Zalud said.

Aguilar is in custody at the McHenry County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

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