Waukegan man sentenced to prison for drug-induced homicide

Antioch woman also charged in connection to fatal overdose of McHenry man in May

A 35-year-old Waukegan man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for selling the heroin, cocaine and fentanyl that led to a fatal overdose.

Enrico J. Cirelli accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Tuesday and was sentenced to six years in prison for drug-induced homicide. In exchange for Cirelli’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional counts of drug-induced homicide and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested Cirelli and Antioch resident Robin Stewart in July as the result of a May 8 death investigation. Both were accused of aiding the delivery of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to McHenry resident Shea Conrad, who later died of a drug overdose, court documents show.

Throughout the course of the investigation, police recovered text messages between Cirelli and a contact saved as “Rico.” When officers messaged “Rico” and arranged another drug transaction, it was Stewart who arrived with multiple bags of cocaine, according to court records.

Prosecutors have said Stewart admitted to regularly delivering drugs to Cirelli. She also told police that she likely delivered drugs from Cirelli to Conrad shortly before his death, court documents show.

Stewart has pleaded not guilty to all counts of drug-induced homicide and possession of a controlled substance.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.