Nine Years for Second Time Heroin Dealer

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney:

AMANDA COOTS SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 35 year-old Amanda Coots of Wauconda, Illinois, was sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a class 1 felony.

Amanda Coots

On August 2, 2017, a confidential informant arranged to purchase $100 worth of heroin from Coots.

The confidential informant, while under surveillance of law enforcement, met with Coots at a pre-arranged location.

The confidential informant provided Coots with $100 and Coots provided the confidential informant with four baggies containing approximately 1.2 grams of heroin.

On June 26, 2018, Coots plead guilty to the offense of Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a class 1 felony.

On August 30, 2018, a sentencing hearing was held and the Honorable Judge Sharon Prather sentenced Coots to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Coots was previously prosecuted in 2009 related to a heroin overdose in McHenry, IL.

At the trial in that matter, a video-taped interview of Coots was introduced during which Coots admitted to giving heroin to the victim who subsequently lost consciousness.

While the victim was visibly struggling to breathe, Coots called a taxi cab and left the scene without calling 911.

The victim died later that night.

Coots subsequently plead guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and was sentenced to 7 ½ years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

This case was investigated by members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese.


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