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Jermal Johnson Sentenced to Six Years in the Department of Corrections for Drug Induced Homicide

Post Date:12/20/2019 11:11 AM


December 20, 2019



Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that on December 19, 2019, 49-year-old Jermal Johnson of Waukegan, was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Drug-Induced Homicide.

On June 15, 2018 the City of McHenry police were dispatched to 1920 North Orleans Street in response to a drug overdose. Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Richards of McHenry was found unresponsive and was later declared to have died as a result of an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The police learned that during the prior evening Ms. Richards had gone to Waukegan and purchased heroin. A subsequent search of Ms. Richard’s cell phone revealed electronic communication with someone named “Mo.” The police then learned that “Mo” was the nickname for the defendant, Jermal Johnson. A friend of Ms. Richards identified Jermal Johnson in a photo line-up and indicated that he sold the fatal dose of heroin to Ms. Johnson.

The defendant is subject to truth in sentencing guidelines because of the death suffered by the victim. The defendant will serve 4.5 years in prison under truth in sentencing guidelines.         

This case was investigated by the McHenry City Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs.


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