The second of two ex-convicts who were arrested after ingesting heroin last spring inside a downtown Naperville business has been convicted in that case and sentenced to periodic imprisonment.
Michael A. Chacon, 24, had been out of prison only 11 days prior to his arrest. He served time for aggravated cruelty to animals, after killing his girlfriend’s Chihuahua last year inside their apartment in Glendale Heights.
Chacon and a friend, Stephen P. Storino, were arrested June 3, after injecting heroin in the men’s restroom of the Walgreens store at 400 S. Main St. near Naperville’s Riverwalk.
Records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court indicated Chacon pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, with a companion charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia dismissed in exchange for that plea.
Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on Wednesday accepted Chacon’s plea and ordered him to serve 364 days of periodic imprisonment in DuPage County Jail, records showed. Fawell also placed Chacon on two years of probation, according to records.
Members of the Naperville police drug unit saw Chacon and Storino walking in the downtown area and put them under surveillance because of their criminal histories.
Sgt. Lou Cammiso in June said investigators determined Storino and Chacon “were obviously under the influence” of some kind of narcotic after they emerged from the Walgreens. Cammiso said detectives detained both men and then went into the restroom, where they found heroin packaging, a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia that had been left there.
Residue found inside the restroom later tested positive for heroin, Cammiso said.
Storino, 23, pleaded guilty in July to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. A judge sentenced him to 106 days in jail, placed him on two years of probation and ordered him to pay $1,252 in fines and legal costs.
A former resident of Naperville’s southeast side, Storino also was arrested Nov. 30 and charged with possession of a controlled substance at an apartment complex on the 700 block of Inland Circle, in the Country Lakes area of the city’s far northwest side. He pleaded guilty Jan. 14 in that case and was sentenced to 92 days in jail, ordered to perform 30 hours of community service work and placed on two years of probation.
Chacon most recently lived on the 1200 block of Suffolk Street in Naperville.
’s north side. Glendale Heights police charged him in the fatal July 28, 2012 beating of his girlfriend’s pet, a 4 1/2-pound Chihuahua named Tyson.
Trial testimony showed Chacon initially told police he had returned home and found the dog dead.
A veterinary examination concluded the dog died of multiple skull and rib fractures. One of the girlfriend’s relatives told police the couple had argued the previous day about the dog, after it urinated on one Chacon’s shirts.