- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the heroin overdose of a suburban Chicago man.

The DuPage County state’s attorney’s office says a judge on Monday imposed the punishment on Malcolm Brown of Chicago. Brown was convicted of drug induced homicide during a March bench trial.

Prosecutors say Brown supplied heroin to an acquaintance of Stephen Briston in 2011. The Wheaton man took the heroin and a day later, he died of an overdose.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin says in a Monday statement that people have to realize heroin is “an incredibly dangerous drug.”

He adds DuPage County has seen an “alarming increase” in heroin-related deaths in recent years. Last year alone, he says 46 deaths in the county were linked to heroin.

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