Barrington man gets 6 years after pleading guilty to 2019 LSD possession

A McHenry County Judge recommended Griffin Newcomb for the state’s Impact Incarceration Program

A 22-year-old Barrington man was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this month to possession of between 15 and 200 doses of a substance containing LSD, according to court records.

Griffin C. Newcomb remained at the McHenry County Jail Thursday awaiting transportation to the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty on July 16 to the single felony count as part of a plea deal, court records show.

McHenry County prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges including possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver marijuana in exchange for Newcomb’s guilty plea, court records show.

McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt sentenced Newcomb to six years in prison, but additionally recommended Newcomb for the state’s Impact Incarceration Program. Sometimes referred to as “boot camp,” impact incarceration is an intervention program that could further reduce a person’s sentence. Whether Newcomb will be allowed to participate in that program will be up to the IDOC.

Newcomb’s attorney Louis Pissios could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

The case stems from a Crystal Lake Police Department investigation that led to Newcomb’s Oct. 17, 2019, arrest.

Newcomb was accused at the time of possessing 68 doses of LSD, 2 grams of ketamine and 2 grams of Ecstasy, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Crystal Lake Police Department. Ketamine is a short-acting anesthetic with hallucinogenic effects, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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.