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Woman in North Aurora shooting enters second-chance program

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A 22-year-old woman who was arrested on drug charges after two men were shot in a drug-related break-in at a North Aurora apartment in 2012 has been admitted to Kane County's Deferred Prosecution Program, according to court records.

Deanna Hernandez of Aurora was charged with three felonies -- two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of 30 grams to 500 grams of marijuana.

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On Oct. 2, 2012, she and two men were in an apartment on the 100 block of South River Road (Route 25) when two other men broke in. Her two companions were shot, not fatally.

The shooters remain at large and police have not elaborated on the incident, other than to say it was drug-related.

Meanwhile, the police who responded to the shootings said they saw drug paraphernalia and guns in the apartment. They got a search warrant later that day and seized 10 cellphones, two bongs, 13 glass pipes, a shotgun, two rifles, two handguns, at least 106 rounds of ammunition, 5.5 ounces of marijuana, foil packets that tested positive for heroin and a digital scale, according to the warrant.

Hernandez and her two companions, Stephen F. Kolar, 23, and Aguilar A. Baldemar, 24, were charged.

Kane County Judge Marmarie Kostelny accepted Hernandez's application into the deferred prosecution program, which is for first-time, nonviolent drug offenders.

If she stays out of trouble and successfully completes drug testing from now until December 2014, Hernandez can have the charges dismissed and her arrest expunged.

She did not have any previous arrests in Kane County, according to court records.

Her defense attorney, Bruce Steinberg, declined to comment on the case.

Kolar, of Aurora, faces felony charges of manufacture/delivery of cannabis, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police and court records. He is free on bail and due in court Jan. 24.

Aguilar was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is free on bail and due in court Jan. 10.

Police continue to investigate the shootings. Residents with information are asked to call North Aurora police detectives at (630) 897-8705, ext. 610. Anonymous tips can be left by calling (630) 897-8705 and choosing option 3.

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