Woman receives probation for attempted drug-induced homicide

Casey L. Johann also must complete 250 hours of public service as a condition of her sentence

A 24-year-old McHenry woman was sentenced Thursday to probation for attempting to deliver the fentanyl that later killed a McHenry man.

Casey L. Johann accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday and pleaded guilty to attempted drug-induced homicide. The amended charge – a Class 1 felony – carries a shorter sentencing range than the Class X felony drug-induced homicide charge that prosecutors originally filed against Johann.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge accepted the plea and sentenced Johann to a previously agreed-upon term of 30 months of probation. Johann also must complete 250 hours of public service as a condition of her sentence.

In exchange for Johann’s guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed an additional count of possession of fentanyl, court records show.

Reached by phone Thursday, Johann’s attorney, McHenry County Special Public Defender Michael McNerney, declined to comment.

Police in March arrested Johann and John Maly, 27, of McHenry in connection with another man’s overdose death.

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies found Martin dead Oct. 24 in his McHenry home. An autopsy found that he died of a fentanyl overdose, court records show.

Johann and Maly were accused at the time of delivering or assisting in the delivery of fentanyl to Martin the night before he was declared dead, according to charging documents.

Maly, who has pleaded not guilty to two counts of drug-induced homicide, remained at the McHenry County Jail on Thursday afternoon on a $500,000 bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 6.

Katie Smith

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.