Crime & Courts

Johnsburg man sentenced to prison for drug-induced homicide

Timothy Colby, 44, Johnsburg
Timothy Colby, 44, Johnsburg

A 44-year-old Johnsburg man was sentenced to prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to delivering the heroin that killed a McHenry resident in July 2018.

Timothy Colby received a six-year prison sentence after accepting a plea offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. Colby pleaded guilty to drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of 43-year-old Shawn A. Ackerman, who died of a heroin overdose on July 10, 2018.

That day, McHenry police and fire officials responded to a rescue call in the 3100 block of Lincoln Road for an unresponsive man, police have said.

When they arrived, first responders found Ackerman dead. Autopsy results showed an adverse effect of heroin and fentanyl caused Ackerman’s death.

Colby and another man, Christopher Birong, 46, of Woodstock, were arrested and charged in connection with Ackerman’s death. Birong accepted a plea deal in April and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

A police search of Ackerman’s phone revealed text messages arranging a drug deal with a person named “Timmy,” court records show. Officers traced the phone number to Colby, who they learned was an “associate” of Birong. As part of a separate police investigation, a GPS tracking device had been attached to Birong’s vehicle. Both men were inside the car when police arrested them Oct. 23, according to a motion filed in the case.

During police interviews, they each admitted to having a part in delivering heroin to Ackerman, court records show.

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