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.
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.