Jessica Chapman, 25, of the 3800 block of West Waukegan Road, McHenry, already was in the McHenry County Jail when the new drug-induced homicide charges were filed Wednesday. She was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for a bond hearing on unrelated drug charges stemming from her Oct. 12 arrest, according to an arrest warrant filed in McHenry County court.
The hearing was canceled, and Chapman is due back in court Dec. 4.
Chapman is charged with drug-induced homicide and manufacturing and delivering heroin in relation to the Aug. 31 death of Michael A. Roach, according to a criminal complaint filed against the woman Wednesday.
If she is convicted of drug-induced homicide, Chapman could be sentenced to six to 30 years in prison.
Autopsy results showed that Michael A. Roach died from the effect of hydrocodone, heroin and fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin, McHenry police previously said in a news release.
Chapman is accused of delivering Roach between 1 and 15 grams of heroin. The 28-year-old injected a portion of that heroin before he died, according to the complaint. No public court documents described how Chapman delivered the drugs.
“Michael had a huge heart. He would give you his last dollar if that’s what was needed to better your situation,” a family member wrote in his obituary. “Michael touched everybody’s life, some good, some bad, but always memorable and now that’s all any of us have left of him.”
Both McHenry County Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos and Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons declined to comment on details surrounding the charges.
A fundraiser on YouCaring.com seeking donations to help pay for Roach’s burial has raised $2,040 of its $10,000 goal as of Thursday evening. A similar fundraiser posted to Gofundme.com had raised $1,650 of it’s $2,500 goal.
Family members related to Roach were not immediately available to comment.