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Man admits dealing ecstasy; recommended for boot camp

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:03 p.m. CDT
Eric M. Hess, 24, was recommended for a minimum security boot camp program after admitting to selling ecstasy.

SYCAMORE — Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert recommended a minimum security prison boot camp program for a man who admitted Thursday to selling ecstasy.

Eric Hess, 24, of the 200 block of South Randall Road in Aurora, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver it. In exchange, prosecutors dropped all other charges against him. Hess was sentenced to eight years in prison, which he must serve if he fails to complete the boot camp program.

In order to reduce his sentence, Stuckert recommended Hess be entered into the Impact Incarceration Program, which provides educational programs, employment opportunities, physical training and religious programs for offenders.

Hess was accused of selling ecstasy while police were investigating a Nov. 2 marijuana-related argument in which a pizza delivery driver said he felt his life was threatened after he allegedly stole about seven ounces of marijuana from Hess and Tyler Degaetano, 25, of DeKalb, court records state.

Police found between 15 and 200 pills of a substance containing ecstasy when searching Hess' apartment in November, court records show.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana remain pending against Degaetano. He is due in court July 30.

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