Crime & Courts

Wauconda man gets 8 years in prison for drug-induced homicide charge

Port Barrington man died in heroin overdose

Rolando R. Aguilar

WOODSTOCK – A Wauconda man was sentenced to eight years in prison after he admitted to delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a Port Barrington man.

Rolando R. Aguilar, 28, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony. In addition to prison, he will serve three years of mandatory supervised release. McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather accepted the plea agreement.

The felony charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Aguilar will receive credit for time served in McHenry County Jail since his Feb. 27, 2015, arrest. The case previously was set for a jury trial March 27.

Assistant State’s Attorney Randi Freese said that on Feb. 10, 2015, Aguilar delivered heroin to 28-year-old Michael Marudecki, who injected the drugs, which later caused his death. Marudecki was found dead in the basement of his Port Barrington home, where McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies searched the residence and found evidence consistent with a drug overdose, authorities have said.

Freese read a victim impact statement from Marudecki’s father, James Marudecki, who was unable to be in court Thursday. He wrote that his son was a family man, leaving behind a daughter and girlfriend who miss him very much. The loss of Michael Marudecki has left the family devastated, his father wrote.

“Life is so precious, and it can be gone in a heartbeat as we learned,” James Marudecki wrote.

Aguilar was on probation in Lake County when he picked up the felony charge in McHenry County. His probation in Lake County was revoked, and he was sentenced to an eight-year prison sentence that will run concurrently.