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Former Batavia man pleads guilty for role in heroin death

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:21 a.m. CDT
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Nicholas C. Allen

A former Batavia man has pleaded guilty to his role in the heroin overdose death of a friend that occurred last year in South Elgin.

Nicholas C. Allen, 22, on Friday agreed to a sentence of eight years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to drug-induced homicide, a felony. The offense of drug-induced homicide is committed when someone unlawfully delivers a controlled substance to another person and that person’s death is caused by ingesting the drugs.

Kane County Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles accepted the plea.

According to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, at about 9:40 p.m. April 4, 2013, the victim, 24-year-old Abbey Nordmeyer of South Elgin, contacted co-defendant Andrea R. Nielsen, 24, of South Elgin, and asked her to get heroin.

Nielsen and Allen then drove to Chicago, purchased the heroin and arrived at Nordmeyer’s South Elgin home, according to prosecutors. The three ingested the heroin and went to sleep, prosecutors said.

When Allen and Nielsen awoke at about 11 a.m. the next day, Nordmeyer was dead.

An autopsy determined that Nordmeyer died of a heroin overdose.

Allen must serve at least 75 percent of the sentence. He received credit for at least 304 days served since his arrest.

Nielsen is charged with drug-induced homicide, and her case is pending. Her next court appearance is set for May 14.

“Sadly, heroin continues to make news,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a news release. “The stories are angering and frustrating, and a constant reminder that heroin is an epidemic in the Chicago area. Although much hard work lies ahead as we deal with the challenges of heroin, our office remains committed to its role in ridding heroin from the region.

This guilty plea is a step in that direction.”

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State Attorney Greg Sams.

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