Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in Death of Joliet Woman

Co-defendants have already been sentenced

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    Aurora Police

    An Aurora man became the third defendant to be convicted in the heroin death of a friend in 2009.

    Ryan J. Faber, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one Class X felony count of drug-induced homicide, according to a Kane County release. Co-defendants in the case, Christopher Parker, 23, and Kyle Hayes, 22, have already pled guilty to similar charges.

    Amber Thompson, 18, of Joliet, died in March 2009 from injection of heroin, according to Aurora police. Thompson received the heroin from Faber and Parker, at their apartment. After inhaling and injecting the heroin, Thompson initially became unconscious, but was revived after Hayes gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    The following day, Thompson was again unconscious. The three men called 911 and responding paramedics took Thompson to Rush Copley Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

    Faber was arrested March 24, 2009 after Aurora police found marijuana and heroin at his residence and has since been held at the Kane County jail.

    In March and June of this year, Parker and Hayes, respectively, pled guilty to their charges. Parker was sentenced to 10 years in IDOC and Hayes agreed to a six-year sentence.

    Faber’s sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2010.