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Crime & Courts

Man gets 10-year sentence for selling fatal heroin dose to man found at DeKalb Oasis

Victor D. Peters, 31, formerly of Aurora
Victor D. Peters, 31, formerly of Aurora

SYCAMORE – An Aurora drug dealer who sold the fentanyl-laced heroin that led to a Montgomery man’s death has accepted a 10-year prison sentence, according to a news release from the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Victor D. Peters, 31, formerly of the 1000 block of Allaire Avenue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to drug-induced homicide.

Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert accepted his plea, and Peters must serve at least 65 percent of the sentence, according to the release.

Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Schwertley said that on Jan. 5, Peters sold fentanyl-laced heroin to Nicholas J. Hessling, 28, of Montgomery at the DeKalb Oasis, 2700 N. Crego Road.

Five days later, an Illinois State Police trooper found Hessling unresponsive about 11:57 p.m. Dec. 10 in the men’s bathroom at the 7-Eleven at the oasis, according to a news release from Illinois State Police District 15.

An autopsy revealed that Hessling died as a result of injecting the heroin. The investigation led authorities to Peters, who admitted that he sold the heroin to Hessling.

He has been in the DeKalb County Jail since his bond was set at $250,000 Jan. 6.

“This is a sad case about the inevitable conclusion of the meeting between a drug addict and a drug dealer,” DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato said in the release. “Our office will always do all it can to help addicts get treatment and hold drug dealers accountable when they bring their deadly ways into our community. My thanks to the Illinois State Police for its thorough investigation, and to Schwertley for his work on this case.”

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