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posted: 8/29/2012 5:19 PM

St. Charles ecstasy dealer pleads guilty

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  • Justin J. Heneghan

    Justin J. Heneghan


A 26-year-old St. Charles man pleaded guilty this week to charges he possessed and planned to sell ecstasy and marijuana, records show.

Justin J. Heneghan, of the 100 block of Walnut Drive, faces between six and 30 years in prison when sentenced by Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon Oct. 25.

Heneghan, who has been held at the Kane County jail on $300,000 bail since his arrest in May 2010, pleaded guilty this week to possession of between 15 and 200 ecstasy pills with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana, aggravated battery and attempted escape from a police officer.

Heneghan's case was set for trial Monday, but he instead entered a cold plea.

In a cold plea, a defendant admits guilt without having an agreed upon sentence in place with prosecutors, and leaves it up to a judge to decide the punishment.

One thing Sheldon will consider in October is Heneghan's prior criminal record, which includes two misdemeanor convictions as a juvenile, a conviction to a felony fleeing and eluding offense from 2003 and a guilty plea to felony aggravated robbery from a 2005 offense in Geneva, according to court records.

Heneghan was charged and later pleaded guilty to threatening a man with a knife on June 29, 2005, after the man came to an apartment to buy some cocaine that was later determined to be fake, records show.

The man left without his money and Heneghan was sentenced to boot camp instead of eight years in prison, according to court documents.

Michael Tatman, Kane County assistant public defender, said Heneghan successfully completed boot camp. Tatman declined to comment on why Heneghan pleaded guilty to the most recent charges.

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