EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons filed a drug-induced homicide charge Wednesday against a Granite City man.
John P. Lance, 29, is facing felony charges in connection with the death of Sara Brewer, 25, who overdosed at her home in Granite City on Jan. 13.
While awaiting toxicology reports, Granite City Police Department investigators determined Lance provided the heroin to Brewer. In addition to the drug-induced homicide charge, a Class X felony, Lance faces one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.
In February, Gibbons and Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz announced the formation of a heroin task force to study the effectiveness of past efforts to fight the problem, assess the current status of the problem in the county and develop a future plan of action to help reduce addiction and save lives. This followed a string of recent heroin overdose deaths and the continuing epidemic of heroin addiction in Madison County. Several meetings have been held including the most recent one on April 4, which featured presentations by WellSpring Resources representatives, who discussed methadone treatment, and Chestnut Health Systems representatives, who provided data on drug trends and recovery.
The maximum penalty for a Class X felony is six to 30 years in prison; three to seven years in prison for a Class 2 felony. Bond for Lance was set at $500,000.