Woodstock man charged in 2018 overdose death

Police say the 32-year-old delivered the heroin-fentanyl combination that killed a 23-year-old McHenry man

A 32-year-old Woodstock man is scheduled for a bond hearing Tuesday after police say he delivered the heroin-fentanyl combination that killed another man in 2018.

Kostas Lymberopoulos remained at the McHenry County Jail Monday on a $500,000 bond. The Richmond Police Department first issued a warrant for Lymberopoulos’ arrest on Nov. 12, 2020, court records show. Officers served that warrant Saturday and arrested Lymberopoulos on multiple counts of drug-induced homicide and delivery of a controlled substance.

Lymberopoulos is accused of delivering heroin and fentanyl to 23-year-old Ralph Stalesky in October 2018, leading to the man’s death.

Those who knew Stalesky, of McHenry, described him as a “loving son, brother, uncle, grandson and friend” who had a “heart of gold and a smile that lit up the room,” according to an obituary.

The most serious charge against Lymberopoulos, drug-induced homicide, typically is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Lymberopoulos is expected to appear in court Tuesday with an attorney from the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office.



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.