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updated: 10/26/2012 12:11 PM

6-year sentence for St. Charles ecstasy dealer

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  • Justin Heneghan

    Justin Heneghan


A St. Charles man was sentenced to six years in prison this week after pleading guilty to possession of ecstasy and marijuana as well as trying to escape police after a May 2010 arrest.

Justin J. Heneghan, 26, of the 100 block of Walnut Drive, pleaded guilty last August to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, aggravated battery to a police officer, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and attempted escape, all felonies, according to court records.

The most severe charge was possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. It carried a prison term of six to 30 years without the possibility of probation.

Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon accepted the plea from Heneghan and issued the sentence Thursday.

Prosecutors said members of the North Central Narcotics Task Force went to serve a warrant at Heneghan's residence on May 27, 2010, and he jumped out a second-story window to avoid arrest.

Officers chased him down and found 191 pills of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in his apartment, along with 135.4 grams of marijuana and $1,846 in cash, authorities said.

Heneghan admitted to police that the case was his and he intended to sell the drugs, prosecutors said. While being taken to the Kane County jail, he kicked the hand of an officer driving the vehicle and tried to escape, authorities said.

Under state law, Heneghan only has to serve half of his sentence. He also gets credit for 882 days while being held at the county jail on $300,000 bail since his arrest.

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