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36-year-old McHenry man charged in fatal overdose

Russell S. Levand, 36, of the 2200 block of Alton Drive, McHenry
Russell S. Levand, 36, of the 2200 block of Alton Drive, McHenry

A McHenry man remained at the McHenry County Jail on Friday after police said he delivered the heroin-fentanyl combination that killed Jessica Hocin of McHenry.

Hocin was found dead June 1 at the McHenry home where she lived with 36-year-old Russell S. Levand, according to a criminal complaint filed with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk’s Office. A hypodermic needle was found under Hocin’s body, according to the complaint.

Levand, of the 2200 block of Alton Drive, is charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with Hocin’s death. According to a motion prosecutors filed Friday, Levand communicated with Hocin about the drugs hours before the woman died.

Toxicology tests revealed that Hocin had fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that can exaggerate the effects of other drugs – in her system when she died, court documents show.

Levand also is charged with resisting a peace officer after he allegedly pulled away from police during his arrest Thursday, court records show.

The most serious charge, drug-induced homicide, typically is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Resisting a peace officer is a misdemeanor offense that often results in less than one year in jail.

Levand’s total bond is set at $251,000, meaning he would need to post $25,100 bail to be released. He’s due back in court for a bond hearing Tuesday.

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