Alton Man and Woman Indicted in Heroin Overdose Death
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Tyrone L. Adams and Cara L. Moss have been indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing the heroin which caused the death of Leonard O. Hormann, III, in Alton, IL, on August 20, 2012. Hormann was 23 years old when he died.
Adams, 33, and Moss, 26, are Alton residents. Both were arraigned in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, IL, on November 16, 2012. After their arraignment, both defendants were ordered detained (held without bond) in federal custody pending further court proceedings. Adams and Moss are scheduled for jury trial on January 22, 2013.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Adams and Moss are charged in a three-count federal indictment. Count One alleges that Adams and Moss distributed heroin on August 20, 2012 to Hormann. If convicted, both face a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.
Count Two of the indictment charges Adams and Moss with Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises at a residence on Powhattan Street in Alton between June 1, 2012, and September 5, 2012. If convicted on Count Two, both face a maximum possible sentence of not more than 20 years in prison.
Count Three of the indictment charges Adams with Distribution of Heroin Within 1000 Feet of a School between June, 2012, and September, 2012. If convicted on Count Three, Adams faces a maximum possible sentence of not more than 40 years in prison.
The investigation which led to the indictment of Adams and Moss was conducted by the Alton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.
During the last two years, United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton has instituted an ongoing federal anti-heroin initiative. That initiative has resulted in over a dozen criminal prosecutions for heroin-related overdose deaths. “We take our responsibilities in this area of the law extremely seriously,” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “We know we are in the midst of a heroin overdose epidemic, and I believe that federal law enforcement has a key role to play in combating it. I will never cease to fight for these victims.”