County Seeks Drug-Induced Homicide Conviction in Burlington Overdose Case

County Seeks Drug-Induced Homicide Conviction in Burlington Overdose Case

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office have filed drug-induced homicide charges in the case of a Burlington man who died Dec. 2 from an overdose of heroin.

According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were dispatched on Dec. 2 to 44W307 Plank Road in unincorporated Burlington Township for a report subject who may have overdosed.

The subject, later identified as William Barratt, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Toxicology reports indicated that he died form an overdose of heroin that contained fentanyl.

After an investigation, detectives alleged that 29-year-old Adam Ochoa of Algonquin supplied the illegal drugs that killed Barratt.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Ochoa with the offense of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony.

On Tuesday (March 13, 2018) detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ochoa. A judge set his bail at $200,000 with 10 percent ($20,000) to apply for bond. He was taken into custody that day.

Ochoa appeared today (Wednesday, March 14) in Kane County bond court. The judge set his next court appearance for 9 a.m. March 23, 2018, in Courtroom 217 at the Kane County Judicial Center in front of Associate Judge David Kliment.

If convicted, Ochoa faces a sentence of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The charges against Ochoa are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the State’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

About The Kane County Heroin Initiative

This investigation began under the direction of the Kane County Heroin Initiative, a multi-jurisdictional task force targeting those who sell heroin and fentanyl to the citizens in our community.

The Kane County Heroin Initiative Task Force is a federally funded Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Heroin Initiative.  The initiative is a partnership between federal, state, county and municipal agencies in addressing the opioid issue. At the prosecutor level, the initiative is supported by federal (U.S. Attorney’s Office), state (Illinois Attorney General) and county (Kane, DuPage and Cook) agencies.

The law enforcement task force has also partnered with local treatment providers to assist in getting treatment for those in need. The following law enforcement agencies have joined with the task force’s commitment to address the opioid epidemic: KCSO, Chicago DEA Chicago, South Elgin Police Department, Batavia Police Department, Geneva Police Department, Elgin Police Department, Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police.

SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release