St. Charles man gets 9 years in drug death

  • Johnny L. Williams

    Johnny L. Williams

Updated 3/12/2021 6:15 PM

A St. Charles man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for providing fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a Sugar Grove Township woman in February 2017.

Johnny L. Williams, 60, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to drug-induced homicide, according to Kane County court records. He received credit for the nearly four years he spent in the Kane County jail since his arrest in February 2017.


Williams and three other men were charged in the Feb. 20, 2017, death of 20-year-old Ashley Mastel.

Eric P. Anthony, 25, of St. Charles; Neal R. Crowder, 30, of Batavia; and Joseph P. Tortorella, 29, of Batavia, were all charged with providing the narcotics to Mastel. She was found the next day.

Anthony pleaded guilty in October 2018 to a lesser charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Crowder pleaded guilty in January 2018 to drug-induced homicide and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Tortorella, who is free on bond, is next due in court March 26.

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