Melrose Park Man Gets 18 Years For Selling Fatal Heroin

Thursday, July 5, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Melrose Park resident Kevin Liszka, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on July 3. | DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. 

A Melrose Park man has been sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in a fatal heroin overdose, according to a statement put out by DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

Kevin Liszka, 34, of the 1400 block of N. 1st Ave., appeared in court for the sentencing on July 3. In March, a jury found Liszka guilty of one count of Drug Induced Homicide — a Class X felony punishable by six to thirty years in state prison. He was held on a $2 million bond in DuPace County Jail while awaiting his trial.

According to Berlin, Marcus Penton, 26, of Naperville, died of a heroin overdose on Feb. 19, 2015.

“An investigation into the death led authorities to a friend of Penton’s, Skyler Sabala as the source of the heroin,” Berlin stated. “Further investigation into the death revealed that Sabala purchased the fatal dose of heroin from Liszka. On October 4, 2016, Sabala entered an agreed plea of guilty to one count of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance, a Class 2 Felony, and was sentenced to seven years in the IDOC.”

Berlin said that the case “is yet another very sad reminder that we as a society are still facing a very dangerous and deadly opioid crisis. To date this year, DuPage County has suffered thirty-one overdose deaths.”

Liszka must serve 75 percent of his prison sentence before being he’s eligible for parole, which means that he likely won’t be released before 2031. VFP 

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