McHENRY – A McHenry woman has been charged with drug-induced homicide and delivery of a controlled substance in connection with the August death of a 28-year-old McHenry man.
Jessica D. Chapman, 25, of the 3800 block of West Waukegan Road, McHenry, was charged Wednesday. Chapman already was being held at the McHenry County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, retail theft and retail theft of items valued less than $300, according to court documents.
McHenry police and firefighter/paramedics responded to a call
Aug. 31 for an unresponsive 28-year-old man in the 5300 block of Malibu Court. First responders tried to save Michael A. Roach without success, according to a news release from McHenry police. He had multiple opioids, including fentanyl, in his system.
Autopsy results showed that Roach died from the effect of hydrocodone, heroin and fentanyl, police said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin.
The police department, McHenry County coroner and McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office investigated the death. Police said the investigation found that Chapman delivered the drugs that caused Roach’s death, police said.
Roach’s family described him as a caring man who died after a relapse.
“Michael had a huge heart,” the family wrote in an obituary. “He would give you his last dollar if that’s what was needed to better your situation. Michael touched everybody’s life, some good, some bad, but always memorable, and now that’s all any of us have left of him. Michael struggled with his demons like so many out there do. Oh how he fought a good fight, and with any good fight there can only be one winner. Michael had a relapse, and his demons won.”
Chapman was arrested and accused of shoplifting $65 in personal items and candy Oct. 12 from the Walgreens on Elm Street in McHenry. She also was charged with possession of a controlled substance during the incident, when police found less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin, according to court documents.
“The McHenry Police Department is actively involved in combating the opioid crisis that is affecting our county, state and nation,” Police Chief John Birk wrote in the release. “The McHenry police want everyone to know that all those who engage in the illegal delivery of controlled substances will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in the McHenry area is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599.
Those wishing to pass along anonymous information are encouraged to call the McHenry police tip line at 815-363-2124. All calls made to the tip line are anonymous, as caller ID is not used.