Crime & Courts

Island Lake man receives 7-year sentence for delivering heroin

Prosecutors say 38-year-old sold drugs to informant

Richard Susinka, 38, of the 3300 block of Greenwich Lane, Island Lake
Richard Susinka, 38, of the 3300 block of Greenwich Lane, Island Lake

An Island Lake man convicted of selling five doses of fentanyl-laced heroin to a confidential informant will serve a seven-year prison sentence.

Richard Susinka, 38, of the 3300 block of Greenwich Lane, accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to a felony heroin delivery charge, typically punishable by as many as 15 years in prison.

Police arrested Susinka on May 10 after he delivered less than 1 gram of heroin near Veterans Memorial Park in McHenry, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

The person to whom he sold the heroin was a confidential informant, according to a news release the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office sent Friday.

After his arrest, Susinka was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance within 500 feet of a park and possession of a controlled substance.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges, and McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Susinka to prison.

Susinka previously served a three-year prison sentence for a 2005 burglary conviction out of McHenry County.

He also was sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 for felony theft and three years in prison for a 2016 conviction of possession of a controlled substance, public records show.

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