Crime & Courts

25-year-old McHenry woman pleads guilty to drug-induced homicide

Jessica D. Chapman, 25, of the 3800 block of West Waukegan Road, McHenry
Jessica D. Chapman, 25, of the 3800 block of West Waukegan Road, McHenry

A McHenry woman pleaded guilty Thursday to drug-induced homicide charges in the overdose death of 28-year-old Michael Roach of McHenry.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather accepted 25-year-old Jessica D. Chapman’s negotiated plea. Additional drug charges against the woman were dismissed as a result.

Roach’s family members watched from the first row of the courtroom gallery as Chapman entered the guilty pleas. The family wore matching purple shirts with Roach’s photo and phrases such as “dealing death is a crime” printed across the backs.

Chapman and 29-year-old Patrick Milton face charges in connection with Roach’s death.

Milton is accused of delivering heroin to Chapman and Roach on Aug. 31, according to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 10 in McHenry County.

Autopsy results show that Roach died from a combination of hydrocodone, heroin and fentanyl, police said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is significantly more potent than heroin. Chapman is accused of delivering Roach between 1 and 15 grams of heroin, according to the complaint.

Chapman is not likely to be sentenced before Milton’s case goes to trial, even though she wasn’t promised anything in exchange for her potential testimony, attorneys said.

Her next court date is scheduled for Sept. 20.

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