Because a hospital emergency staff saved one young Pekin woman from death by heroin, another won’t go to prison.
Madison Beever, 21, instead will serve four years of probation under strict conditions and a six-month jail term for supplying the drug that her victim took for the first time last spring.
Beever, of 4208 Sheridan Road, was sentenced Monday after she pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and delivering a controlled substance. They were her first felony convictions, according to court records.
Had her 19-year-old acquaintance died from the heroin overdose, Beever could have been charged with drug-induced homicide, punishable by six to 30 years in prison.
The victim was close to death when Beever and a man rushed her to Pekin Hospital on April 30, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. She was revived but required two more days of hospital care.
She told police she drove Beever to Peoria to “pick something up,” and drove her back to a Pekin house they were visiting. There, Beever paid her for the trip by providing her first experiment with the potentially lethal drug, the affidavit stated.
Beever used a syringe to inject her with about $20 worth of heroin, the affidavit stated. The victim said she soon became dizzy and blacked out. Two men also in the home said the victim’s skin turned blue as she lost consciousness.
One of the men said Beever “freaked out” when she saw the woman’s overdose symptoms, crying and saying she was going to jail because she gave the woman “something that made her die,” the affidavit stated.
Beever was arrested after hospital staff notified police of the near-fatal overdose. She was given credit for the 152 days she’s spent in custody.
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