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Article updated: 4/25/2013 11:49 AM

Plea deal in place for Ingleside man

By Lee Filas

A plea agreement is in place for an Ingleside man accused of selling the drugs that killed a friend, attorneys said in court Thursday.

Brian Stedronsky, 32, of the 35000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, is due before Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes for a May 6 pretrial hearing on his drug-induced homicide charge. He is held in the Lake County jail on $300,000 bond.

Defense attorney John Bailey said in court that a negotiated plea deal is in place, but Stedronsky needed additional time to decide whether to accept it. Bailey did not discuss the proposed deal offered by the Lake County State's Attorneys office, and did not comment following Thursday's hearing.

Stedronsky and his mother, Carolyn, were charged with drug-induced homicide

Dec. 4 for supplying patches of the highly potent drug Fentanyl to friend Jeffrey Ferris after a night of partying on Sept. 18, 2012, authorities said.

Ferris, 30, was found dead in his home in the 34000 block of Oden Drive in Ingleside shortly after the drug sale, authorities said. Police said Ferris cut open the patch and ingested the Fentanyl.

According to drugs.com, Fentanyl is a highly addictive medication used to control chronic pain. Authorities said the patch was prescribed to another person living in Stedronsky's home following back surgery.

Carolyn Stedronsky, 52, of the 35000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in Ingleside, signed a plea agreement earlier this year to one count on unlawful possession of drugs, a class 2 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

She admitted in court she took the patch from the family member and sold it to her son for $20.

Her sentencing is continued because she agreed to provide evidence against her son, should the case go to trial.

Carolyn Stedronsky has been released from jail after posting 10 percent of her $100,000 bond.

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