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DeKalb heroin death leads to drug-induced homicide charge

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:32 p.m. CDT
Anthony McClain, 30, of Cortland, faces charges of drug-induced homicide.

SYCAMORE – Less than 24 hours after Anthony McClain gave heroin to a 27-year-old Sycamore man who fatally overdosed, he was selling heroin near Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, authorities said.

McClain, 30, of Cortland, has been in jail unable to post bond since his arrest May 1 for allegedly selling a confidential police source 0.81 grams of heroin near the school at First Street and Sycamore Road, authorities said. He was charged Wednesday with drug-induced homicide for allegedly giving David Pierce the heroin that killed him April 30, authorities said. Pierce, known to friends by his middle name Joshua, moved to Sycamore in mid-February from Holiday Hills.

Within minutes of injecting the heroin McClain gave him, Pierce became unconscious and was found lying near a fence near Northern Public Radio, 801 N. First St. in DeKalb, authorities said. Pierce was pronounced dead soon after at Kishwaukee Hospital, and an autopsy revealed he died of a heroin overdose, DeKalb police said in a news release.

Drug-induced homicide is punishable by between six and 30 years in prison, while the most serious charge McClain faces in connection with the alleged drug sales May 1 is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

McClain was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin and driving on a revoked license, according to the news release. He is on parole for attempted residential burglary and aggravated driving under the influence, according to state records.

McClain’s bond increased to more than $1 million in light of the new charge.

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