WHEATON – A man found guilty of drug-induced homicide after supplying heroin to an acquaintance of a Wheaton man who later died of an overdose was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
Malcolm Brown, 26, of Chicago, was found guilty March 24 in the July 28, 2011, death of Wheaton resident Stephen Briston. Brown supplied the heroin the previous day.
"Over the past several years, we have seen an alarming increase in heroin use and heroin-related deaths," said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin in the release. "Last year alone, DuPage County suffered 46 heroin-related deaths. The sad truth is that these tragic deaths are 100 percent avoidable."
Since his arrest, Brown has remained in custody on a $5 million bail. He will be required to serve 75 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
"People have got to realize that heroin is an incredibly dangerous drug that can kill an otherwise healthy person with just one use," Berlin said. "Judge [Blanche] Hill Fawell's sentence sends the message that if you deal drugs in DuPage County, you will be held accountable."