WHEATON – A Glen Ellyn man has plead guilty to supplying a fatal dose of heroin to an acquaintance, James Maulding, on New Year’s Day 2017.
Jackie Dunklin, 27, formerly of the 300 block of Spruce Lane, entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of drug induced homicide, a Class X felony, in front of Judge Robert Miller.
Dunklin has been in custody since his Feb. 7, 2017, bond hearing.
On Jan. 1, 2017, Addison police officers responded to a call on Lorraine Avenue for a report of a male and female suffering from apparent heroin overdoses. Upon their arrival, officers found Maulding unresponsive. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she underwent treatment for about six weeks.
An investigation into the matter led authorities to Dunklin.
“This morning, Mr. Dunklin accepted responsibility for the overdose death of James Maulding,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “To Mr. Maulding’s family and friends, I want to extend my sincerest condolences on their loss. Perhaps Mr. Dunklin’s acceptance of responsibility will help them achieve some measure of closure in this very sad, tragic case.”
Dunklin’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 17 for return of the pre-sentence report.
Dunklin faces a penalty of between six and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.