St. Charles Ecstacy, Marijuana Dealer Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Authorities say 26-year-old resident planned to sell drugs, battered a police officer, authorities say.

A St. Charles man has been sent to prison for being in possession with intent to deliver illegal drugs and for battering a police officer after his arrest, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Thursday afternoon.

Justin J. Heneghan, 26, of the 100 block of Walnut Drive, St. Charles, was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Heneghan pleaded guilty Aug. 27, 2012, to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class X felony, one count of aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 2 felony, one count of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, a Class 3 felony, and one count of attempted escape, a Class 3 felony, prosecutors said.

Judge Sheldon accepted the plea.

Officers from the North Central Narcotics Task Force served a warrant at Heneghan’s residence on May 27, 2010, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said. Heneghan leapt from a second-story window and fled on foot from officers who chased him and eventually took him into custody.

In the residence, officers found 191 pills of MDMA—a controlled substance commonly known as ecstasy; 135.4 grams of marijuana; and $1,846 in cash. Heneghan told police that the cash was his and that he intended to sell the ecstasy and marijuana.

Heneghan was able to free himself enough, while being transported to the Kane County Jail, that he could begin kicking the hand of the officer driving the car, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said. When officers stopped the car to attempt to re-secure Heneghan, he unsuccessfully attempted to escape.

The sentence is six years for the Class X felony, and five years each for the remaining three counts. The sentences are to be served concurrent to one another, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

By state law, Heneghan is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Heneghan was given credit for at least 882 days served in the Kane County Jail, where he had been held since his arrest on $300,000 bail.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Wascher.


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