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Somonauk woman facing drug-induced homicide charge

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 11:49 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old Somonauk woman was charged with drug-induced homicide Friday for allegedly providing the prescription drugs responsible for her friend's accidental overdose.

Nicole Benson, of the 100 block of East Pine Street, Somonauk, gave her friend Kelsey I. McGuire, 19, of Leland, lethal amounts of hydrocodone and Xanax on March 10 or March 11, DeKalb County Sheriff Deputy Chief Gary Dumdie said. Hydrocodone is an opiate painkiller, while Xanax commonly is used to treat panic and anxiety disorders.

Benson told police she had a prescription for the Xanax but not the hydrocodone, so she also was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, Dumdie said. She allegedly had 14.4 grams of hydrocodone.

The most serious charge she faces, drug-induced homicide, typically is punishable with between six and 30 years in prison; probation is not an option.

On March 10, the two women visited Steak 'n Shake in DeKalb, as well as a few friends who indicated they were partying after McGuire got off work about 10:30 p.m., Dumdie said. They slept at Benson's house, and both woke up about 8 a.m. March 11, Dumdie said. They went back to sleep but Benson was unable to wake McGuire about 10:49 a.m. March 11, Dumdie said.

Shortly after McGuire's death, Benson moved to Grapevine, Texas, to stay with her boyfriend. On Tuesday, DeKalb County Sheriff's detectives went there to arrest her on the drug-possession charges. They escorted Benson back to DeKalb County on Thursday.

After reviewing the case with the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office, Benson was charged with drug-induce homicide.

Her case comes just days after DeKalb police charged a 27-year-old DeKalb man with drug-induced homicide. Christopher T. Davis, formerly of the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive, allegedly supplied heroin to Melissa Ramon, 33, DeKalb, who overdosed in a coin laundry bathroom March 5 and died three days later.

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