Crime & Courts

Woodridge man sentenced to prison for dealing heroin in fatal 2018 McHenry overdose

Kenneth Harris, 26, of the 3300 block of 83rd Street, Woodridge
Kenneth Harris, 26, of the 3300 block of 83rd Street, Woodridge

A 26-year-old man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for his role in dealing heroin to a McHenry man who later died of a drug overdose.

Kenneth Harris, of the 3300 block of 83rd Street, Woodridge, received a five-year prison sentence after accepting an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. In exchange for Harris’ guilty plea to delivery of a controlled substance, prosecutors agreed to dismiss three additional counts of drug-induced homicide, which carry a heftier potential prison term.

If the case had gone to trial and Harris were convicted of the most serious charge, drug-induced homicide, he would have faced between six and 30 years in prison.

Harris was one of two men charged in connection with the Sept. 4, 2018, overdose death of 27-year-old Charles McCoy. Another man, 21-year-old Gabriel Stanaszek of Crystal Lake, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony typically punishable by three to seven years in prison.

On Sept. 5, 2018, McHenry police and the McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to a call in the 3200 block of Kinley Boulevard for an unresponsive man, who later was identified as McCoy.

Despite first responders’ efforts to save his life, McCoy was pronounced dead at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. Autopsy results confirmed he died from an adverse effect of heroin and fentanyl, authorities said at the time.

Officers determined that Harris delivered the drugs to Stanaszek, who provided them to McCoy, authorities have said. Harris later was arrested near Indianapolis and extradited to McHenry County.

Stanaszek’s case is ongoing. He is due back in court Jan. 3.

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