5 years prison in St. Charles heroin overdose death

  • Katharyn Stanish pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a December 2014 heroin overdose death.

    Katharyn Stanish pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a December 2014 heroin overdose death.

 
 
Updated 5/20/2016 10:37 PM

A Schaumburg woman was sentenced to five years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge after a December 2014 heroin overdose death in St. Charles.

Katharyn M. Stanish, 25, formerly of Schaumburg and now of Rockford, was charged in February 2015 with drug-induced homicide after Bradley J. Schiller, 23, of Bartlett, was found unresponsive at Courtyard by Marriott, 700 Courtyard Drive.

 

Schiller died on Dec. 14, 2014, four days after being found, where Stanish had told police she believed he overdosed on heroin and/or cocaine.

Authorities investigated and learned that Stanish bought and supplied the heroin and cocaine, police said. A grand jury indicted Stanish in February 2015 and she turned herself in.

The drug-induced homicide charge carried a penalty of six to 30 years in prison with no chance for probation. But under a plea agreement approved by Kane County Judge John Barsanti, Stanish pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member -- which is still a felony -- and other less severe charges were dropped, according to court records.

The manslaughter charge carried a three- to seven-year prison term. Stanish can have her sentence cut in half for good behavior while in prison. She also must pay $1,100 in fines and court costs, records show.

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