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Rockford man pleads guilty to drug-induced homicide charge

Jaynell Ross
Jaynell Ross

A Rockford man previously convicted of murder faces up to 17 years in prison for the 2017 overdose death of a Marengo man.

Jaynell Ross, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug-induced homicide. The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce the maximum possible sentence from 30 years in prison to 17 years in exchange for Ross’ plea, according to a news release. The minimum sentence for drug-induced homicide is six years.

Under truth-in-sentencing guidelines, Ross will be required to serve 75 percent of the sentence, which McHenry County Judge James Cowlin is expected to issue Jan. 23.

Ross will serve the sentence alongside a six-year penalty issued Nov. 14 in Winnebago County for possession with intent to deliver heroin, public records show.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded July 11, 2017, to a home in the 25000 block of Harmony Road, Marengo, for an unresponsive 30-year-old man, who died later that day, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

During the death investigation, detectives recovered evidence showing the man, Andrew Giblin, ingested heroin before his death. Officials said that Ross delivered Giblin the heroin.

At the sentencing hearing, Cowlin could take into consideration Ross’ criminal history, which includes a 1997 first-degree murder conviction out of Winnebago County.

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