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Man gets four years for overdose death
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Man gets four years for overdose death

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A Chicago man who was charged along with his wife in the drug overdose death of a 22-year-old man in Twin Lakes will spend four years in prison.

Austin Johnson, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide for the June 2017 overdose death of Austin Lange.

Lange was found dead in a Twin Lakes apartment. An autopsy showed he died of an overdose of a mix of drugs including fentanyl, ecstacy and cocaine.

His death was one of five overdose fatalities that occurred in a one-month period in Twin Lakes that year.

Johnson was charged along with his wife Casey Myers, 34.

According to Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, authorities believe Myers sold Lange the drugs that killed him, with Johnson charged as being a party to the crime for helping Meyers with her drug sales.

Johnson, Kraus said, was more involved in selling cocaine, not heroin.

At his sentencing hearing Monday, Johnson — who has been in custody for more than two years awaiting resolution of the case — apologized to Lange’s family.

“I wish I knew 2½ years ago what I know now,” he said. “I send condolences to the family.”

Based on a recommendation from the state, Judge Jason Rossell sentenced Johnson to four years in prison followed by five years of supervision.

The sentence will run concurrently with a three-year prison sentence Johnson is now serving for delivery of heroin.

He will also receive credit for 807 days spent in jail awaiting resolution of the case.

Myers, Johnson’s co-defendant, was sentenced in April 2019 to five years in prison for Lange’s death.


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