ELWOOD, Ill. – Kiley Murphy, a 34-year-old woman from Elwood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her involvement in the drug-induced homicide of a 24-year-old woman in Lockport in 2016. Murphy pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X felony.
The victim was found unconscious in her home by her family on November 29, 2016, and was transported to Silver Cross Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that the victim died of fentanyl intoxication.
According to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, officers recovered messages between the victim and Murphy regarding the drug exchange. Murphy was charged with supplying a fatal dose of heroin and fentanyl to the victim.
“Fentanyl continues to be a major contributor to drug overdose deaths. Using a drug contaminated with or replaced by fentanyl can astronomically increase a person’s chances of a fatal overdose. This powerful synthetic opioid is like morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent and deadly. Fentanyl is so deadly, its delivery to another person is tantamount to pointing a loaded gun at the recipient and pulling the trigger,” said Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
Since 2009, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged 20 defendants with a combined 147 years in prison in Drug Induced Homicide cases. One was dismissed following the death of a witness while another is pending.
Glasgow hopes that this case will serve as a warning to other drug dealers.The Lockport Police Department and Detective Chris Neyhardt were also thanked by Glasgow for pursuing an aggressive investigation.