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Four Tri-Cities men charged in drug-related death

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 4:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 19, 2017 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Neal Crowder
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Eric P. Anthony
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Joseph Tortorella
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Johnny Williams

ST. CHARLES – Four men from St. Charles and Batavia have been charged with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, in the February overdose of a Sugar Grove Township woman, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney's Office.

The four helped provide lethal narcotics to 21-year-old Ashley M. Mastel, who died after ingesting the drugs, the release stated.

The four appeared in Kane County bond court March 17, according to the release, which provided the following information on the men.

They are Johnny L. Williams, 56, of the 1200 block of Indiana Avenue, St. Charles, whose bail was set at $150,000, and whose next court date is 9 a.m. March 31 at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.

Neal R. Crowder, 26, of the 1400 block of Fagan Court, Batavia. He had bail set at $100,000, and is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. March 24.

Joseph Tortorella, 26, of the 1500 block of Haines Drive, Batavia, had bail set at $20,000, and is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. April 7.

Eric P. Anthony, 21, of the 3500 block of Voltaire Lane, St. Charles, had bail set at $50,000, and has a court date of 9 a.m. April 6.

The Kane County state’s attorney alleges that on Feb. 20, Williams, Crowder, Tortorella and Anthony helped provide illegal narcotics to Mastel. She ingested the narcotics and was found dead the next day at her home in Sugar Grove Township, the release stated, noting that authorities determined her death was the result of fentanyl intoxication. Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication that often is added to heroin as a cutting agent, the release stated.

If convicted, each faces a sentence of between six and 30 years of imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to the release. The case was investigated by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the release stated.

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