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Man, 25, found guilty of drug-induced homicide in Wheaton

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Malcolm Brown, 25. (DuPage County State's Attorney's office) Malcolm Brown, 25. (DuPage County State's Attorney's office)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago man was found guilty of drug-induced homicide Monday for supplying the heroin that led to a Wheaton male's fatal overdose in 2011.

Malcolm Brown, 25, of the 2700 block of West Lexington Street, was found guilty by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell of one count of drug-induced homicide, a class X felony, for the death of Stephen Briston, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's office.

On July 27, 2011, Brown supplied heroin to an acquaintance of Briston's, which Briston — whose age and address were not immediately known — later ingested, a statement from prosecutors said.

Briston died of a heroin overdose and Brown was taken into custody the next day, according to the statement. He was being held at the DuPage County Jail on a $5 million bond.

"DuPage County alone had 46 heroin deaths last year. These numbers are simply astounding," State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement. "People have got to realize that heroin is an incredibly dangerous drug that can kill an otherwise healthy person with just one use."

Fawell found Brown guilty after a three-day bench trial, the statement said. He faces up to 30 years in prison and is next scheduled to appear in court April 21.

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