Sentencing postponed in heroin overdose case

Michelle Lee, 21, was found guilty May 21 of delivering a controlled substance that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Vernon Hills High School student in 2011. | File
Michelle Lee, 21, was found guilty May 21 of delivering a controlled substance that resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Vernon Hills High School student in 2011. | File

Sentencing for a former Gurnee woman convicted this spring of delivering heroin to a teen who later overdosed was postponed on Thursday, July 10.

After a defense attorney reported that one of “several witnesses” scheduled to appear on Michelle Lee’s behalf was out of town, Lake County Circuit Judge Mark Levitt told the parties to return July 16.

Lee, who was remanded to Lake County Jail immediately following her May 21 conviction, attended the brief hearing dressed in blue jail attire and wearing handcuffs. She made no comments to the court.

A Lake County jury found the 21-year-old Lee guilty on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony that carries a potential prison sentence of three to seven years.

Prior to being remanded to Lake County Jail following the verdict, Lee had been living with her parents in Evanston with a curfew under conditions of her bond.

The case focused on Lee’s sale of $40 worth of heroin to three Vernon Hills High School students who snorted the substance at Butler Lake Park in Libertyville in the early evening of Oct. 7, 2011.

Prosecutors and witnesses in the trial testified that one of the girls, a 15-year-old, soon exhibited symptoms of an overdose and was hospitalized. After being treated by a counteracting agent and released to her parents, the girl died the following morning in what officials described as a “rebound overdose.”

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