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Judge allows Geneva man to go into addiction treatment

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 7:56 a.m. CST

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GENEVA – A judge on Wednesday allowed a 22-year-old Geneva man to go into an addiction treatment facility rather than sending him to jail or increasing his bond for being charged with additional felonies while a previous felony charge was pending.

Kane County Circuit Judge John Barsanti said Tyler E. White, 22, could be taken immediately to a treatment facility. But Barsanti also ordered that White’s attorney, Vincent Solano, report to him every week with some proof from the facility that White was participating in the program.

Barsanti set Aug. 8 as a status date for the attorney to appear in court, but expected that White would still be in a facility.

White was charged June 10 with felony possession of heroin while at Starbucks, 229 W. State St. in Geneva.

He was also charged with felony obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to hide evidence and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic syringe and drug paraphernalia.

White had another felony pending against him, as he was charged April 26 with the possession and manufacture of ecstasy pills.

Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Schwertley sought to revoke White’s earlier bond and increase the bail to $150,000.

White’s bail on the first offense was set at $50,000, and he posted 10 percent, or $5,000, to be released. On the second offense, White’s bail was set at $75,000, and he posted $7,500 bond, or 10 percent, Schwertley said.

“Counsel is asking for treatment,” Schwertley said. “I have no objection if the court will increase his bail [and] have him in a locked-down facility.”

Solano asked that Barsanti withhold judgment on the state’s request while White gets treatment.

“Sitting in jail will not help to treat his addiction,” Solano said. “He’ll be clean, but it won’t treat his addiction.”

Schwertley said in other cases, he has seen the court increase bail but allow a defendant to go to treatment, then come back into custody once it is completed.

Barsanti said he would make White’s surrender after his treatment a condition of his bond and make a decision later on whether to increase the bail.

The heroin-related felony charges against White carry a penalty of one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 each. The misdemeanors have a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

The felony charge of possession of ecstasy is punishable by four to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The charge of manufacturing or delivering ecstasy is a more serious felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.

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