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Crime & Courts

Bond set at $250K for Rockford man accused of smuggling heroin into jail

Anthony M. Murphy, 32, of Rockford
Anthony M. Murphy, 32, of Rockford

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge ruled Tuesday that bond will stay at $250,000 for a Rockford man accused of smuggling heroin into the DeKalb County Jail on Oct. 25 for two inmates.

Anthony M. Murphy, 32, of the 2500 block of Prial Avenue, is charged with aggravated battery. Because of his criminal history, if convicted, he could face six to 30 years in prison. Judge Philip Montgomery said no further bond conditions were needed because if Murphy posts $25,000 bail to be released, he’ll be taken into custody by the Illinois Department of Corrections because of a parole hold.

A warrant with a $250,000 bond was issued for Murphy’s arrest Oct. 25 – the same day Angelica N. Sanders, 29, of Sycamore and Nichole R. Senatre, 33, of DeKalb both were charged with unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution and unlawful possession of controlled substance.

Court records show that Murphy concealed the drugs in hygiene products and brought them to the jail about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1, and that a sheriff’s deputy failed to properly screen the product.

Murphy was arrested Sunday and will have a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 29.

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