Man Gets 6 Years for Leaving Friend to Die

A man who left his friend alone to die after he ingested heroin has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Brad Jurek was accused of injecting Brian Denofrio with the heroin that killed him. Jurek pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of delivery a controlled substance. He was charged with murder.

Police discovered Denofrio's body on April 16, 2008, in the back seat of his car, which was parked in the parking lot of a Hanover Park fast food restaurant.

Assistant State's Attorney Mike Gerber said the 27-year-old Denofrio drove himself and Jurek into Chicago to buy heroin. Jurek cooked the heroin and helped Denofrio inject it.

After Denofrio became incoherent and lost consciousness, Jurek placed him in the back seat of the car and left.

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