PEKIN, Ill. -- A Tazewell County Judge has ruled Daughlton Calvin, 19, of Morton guilty of two counts of drug induced homicide.
Judge Kevin Galley found Calvin guilty for providing fatal doses of methadone to two young men: Travis Whiteman, 22, of Pekin and Cody Schillinger, 19, of Morton. Both died in May 2012.
State's Attorney Stu Umholtz hopes the conviction sends a message.
"We've had a lot of deaths...overdose deaths. Also for the dealer himself, there will be dire consequences. There's a great responsibility here and they're going to be held responsible when they distribute a substance and it results in death," said Unholtz.
Umholtz believes a controlled substance like Methadone is not being carefully monitored by clinics. Last year, the Tazewell coroner reported nine methadone-related deaths.
"The state of Illinois needs to do a better job of how methadone is distributed by clinics," he said. "They hand this methadone out, that is not taken at the clinic, but goes with them and it ends up on the streets as a commodity and we've ended up with deaths."
Drug-induced homicide is punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.
Illinois statutes allow Judge Galley to order Daughlton Calvin's sentences to be served consecutively meaning he could go to prison for a maximum of sixty years.