WONDER LAKE – A 34-year-old Wonder Lake man was charged Thursday with drug-induced homicide in connection with the overdose death of another Wonder Lake man.
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force officers arrested Shawn Brand on Thursday. He faces charges of drug-induced homicide and delivery of heroin to 29-year-old Jeremy Caccamo. Police said Caccamo used heroin before his overdose death, according to evidence detectives recovered during a death investigation.
While Rich Caccamo, Jeremy’s brother, said he’s relieved that Brand was taken off the streets – more than anything he wishes he could have Jeremy back. The arrest, however, does give his family a sense of closure, Rich Caccamo said.
“Potentially, a lot of people’s lives are saved now by getting him off the streets,” Rich Caccamo said. “At least from his direction there is no one else that will have to go through what we went through. We thank the detectives repeatedly for all the hard work and dedication they’ve made to our case.”
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched July 5 to Jeremy Caccamo’s home in the 4500 block of East Wonder Lake Road in unincorporated Wonder Lake. Jeremy Caccamo was found dead in his bedroom after he was delivered less than 1 gram of a substance containing heroin from Brand, according to court documents.
Over three months, detectives worked with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and the McHenry County coroner to collect evidence. Jeremy Caccamo’s phone showed that on July 4, he arranged for Brand to bring him heroin, court records show.
Rich Caccamo said it is important for people in recovery to give their phone passwords to a trusted person because it helped in Jeremy’s case to unlock the phone and use information in it.
Rich Caccamo said he found out about the arrest Thursday when detectives came to his mother’s house to deliver the news.
“We were very happy, and my mom and I were both in tears because we’ve been hoping for answers for so long and constantly talking with detectives trying to see if there was any new developments,” Rich Caccamo said.
Brand is being held at the McHenry County Jail, and could face up to 30 years in prison, if convicted.
His bond is set at $1 million, but court documents say the McHenry County Jail should not accept any money for bail and should not release him regardless of the amount posted until further order by the court. Court documents read that given Brand’s prior criminal history, there is reasonable cause to believe bail funds deposited for Brand may not be from a legitimate source or may be funds that are tied to the sale of narcotics or other criminal sources.
The investigation was run by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Police Narcotics Task Force, which includes members of the Lake in the Hills Police Department and the McHenry Police Department.
Rich Caccamo said he and his brother knew Brand from high school.
“I hope people notice that something will be done if someone chooses that style of life, and I think it’ll make people think twice about trying to sell drugs,” Rich Caccamo said. “It might set the tone in our area for a while that if you chose to do this, this is what could happen to you.”
Brand previously was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia on Aug. 1. He also has served time in jail for possession of a controlled substance in 2011, 2013 and 2015, according to court records.
“Anyone who has lost a friend or family member to drug use knows that seeing the dealer walk away unaffected makes the pain that much worse,” Sheriff Bill Prim said in the release. “In this case, we intend to bring the full weight of the law to bear on the individual who provided the fatal dose.”
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was not available for more information.