Crime & Courts

Woodridge man returned to Illinois after being charged in McHenry man's 2018 overdose death

One of two men charged in connection with a McHenry man’s overdose death has been extradited from Indiana to the McHenry County Jail.

A 26-year-old Woodridge man, Kenneth Harris, was brought to the jail Monday after being arrested near Indianapolis last week. He and another man, 21-year-old Gabriel Stanaszek, have been charged in their alleged involvement in delivering heroin and fentanyl to a McHenry man who later died of a drug overdose.

Harris remained at the McHenry County Jail on Wednesday evening on Class X drug-induced homicide charges tied to the Sept. 4 death of 27-year-old Charles McCoy.

Harris initially was being housed at the Hendricks County Jail in Danville, Indiana, until he could be transported to Illinois.

Harris, of the 3300 block of 83rd Street, is accused of providing Stanaszek, with heroin and fentanyl Sept. 4. Stanaszek then delivered the drugs to McCoy the same day McCoy died of an overdose, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

If Harris were convicted of drug-induced homicide, he could be sentenced to as many as 30 years in prison. He was being detained Wednesday on $500,000 bond, meaning he would need to post $50,000 bail to be released.

Stanaszek, of the 800 block of Buckingham Court, Crystal Lake, has been free on bond since Friday.

He has not been charged with drug-induced homicide. Stanaszek does, however, face a single count of delivery of a controlled substance, according to a separate complaint accusing Stanaszek of delivering fentanyl to McCoy on Sept. 4.

The McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded Sept. 5 to a rescue call in the 3200 block of Kinley Boulevard for an unresponsive adult male, according to a news release. Despite life-saving measures, including naloxone, a drug that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose and usually is referred to by the brand name Narcan, McCoy was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital.

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