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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man sent to prison for drugs

SYCAMORE – A 26-year-old DeKalb man originally accused of threatening to kill a pizza delivery driver for stealing his marijuana was sentenced to prison Tuesday as part of a plea agreement, authorities said.

Tyler Degaetano, of the 800 block of Pappas Drive, was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. More serious charges alleging Degaetano had between 15 and 200 pills of ecstasy with the intent to deliver them were dropped as part of the plea deal.

Police said Degaetano and his friend, Eric Hess, 24, of Aurora, got into an argument Nov. 2 with pizza delivery driver, Sal Scardina, 19, of DeKalb, after Scardina stole about seven ounces of marijuana from Degaetano and Hess because the pair owed him money, court records show. Scardina thought he was going to die during the altercation, court records show.

Police later found a substance containing MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, in a search of Degaetano’s and Hess’ apartment, court records show.

Hess was sentenced to eight years in prison July 17. Scardina was sentenced to two years’ probation April 17 after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, according to court records.

Degaetano will receive credit for the 298 days, or almost 10 months, of time he has served in jail while the case was pending. He will serve three years of parole upon his release from prison.

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