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Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:10 a.m. CDT
Benjamin Black

SYCAMORE — Now that Benjamin Black was sentenced to 12 years in prison for driving with heroin in his system during a fatal crash, he's headed back to DeKalb County to face a theft charge.

Black, 29, of the 1500 block of Sparkhayes Drive, had a court date Wednesday in DeKalb County, but hadn't yet been transfered there from Kane County jail. His case was continued to May 28.

Black is accused of stealing about $4,000 worth of brass and copper from a Cortland manufacturing business, court records show. If convicted of the theft charge, Black would serve the sentence at the same time as his Kane County case. Theft is typically punishable by between two and five years in prison.

Kane County Judge James Hallock sentenced him to 12 years in prison March 26 in connection with the crash that killed Matthew Ranken, 11, of Sycamore. Black pleaded guilty as part of an agreement Nov. 14 to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

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