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BLOOMINGTON — A Rantoul man pleaded guilty Friday to drug-induced homicide in the March death of a Bloomington man who died of a heroin overdose.

Troy D. McBride, 24, admitted to selling James Dingman the heroin he ingested after a drug deal that took place around 1 a.m. on March 23 in Champaign. In exchange for the guilty plea to drug-induced homicide, the state agreed to dismiss six other charges, including delivery of the drugs that killed Dingman.

The state also agreed to limit McBride's possible sentence to 14 years for the charge that carries a possible sentence of 30 years without a plea agreement. The state amended the drug-induced homicide indictment to allege that less than one gram of heroin and no fentanyl was involved.

McBride must serve 75 percent of the sentence Judge Scott Drazewski will impose at a Dec. 28 hearing.

According to a statement of facts filed Friday by Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve, the 41-year-old victim was found unresponsive at a residence in the 2200 block of Todd Drive. Two small plastic bags with what would later be determined to be heroin were found on a table near the victim, along with a $10 bill.

A search of Dingman's cellphone by Bloomington police vice officers turned up a dozen calls to a person in Champaign who had arranged to sell Dingman drugs. A detective used the victim's cellphone to set up another heroin purchase.

McBride was arrested as he arrived at a location in Champaign for the drug transaction.

In his interview with police, McBride admitted to selling $50 worth of heroin to Dingman, according to the prosecutor's statement. 

McBride remains in custody in lieu of posting $100,035.

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.