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Updated: June 7, 2014 6:16AM



A Midlothian man involved in a drug deal that led to the accidental death of an 18-year-old Worth woman has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for selling a prescription drug.

Eric S. Johnson pleaded guilty Friday to selling an anti-anxiety medication to Brittany Wawrzyniak, who was killed Nov. 8 after falling out of Johnson’s car as he drove away from the scene in the parking lot of the Worth boat launch. Wawrzyniak was buying 30 pills of clonazepam, also known by its street name of Klonopin, or K-pins, according to prosecutors.

Johnson also was place on one year of supervision following his prison term and ordered to pay $1,079 in fines and court costs.

Meanwhile, a related charge against Lily Arboleda, 18, of the 6800 block of Kedvale Avenue, Chicago, is pending. Arboleda is charged with conspiring to commit aggravated battery with Wawrzyniak regarding a fight they planned to have that night with a third girl at the boat launch, 7425 W. 115th St.

Worth police said Wawrzyniak, a Shepard High School graduate and student at the Illinois Institute of Art, met Johnson and the third girl at the boat launch as part of a plot with Arboleda to beat up the girl.

The investigation into Wawrzyniak’s death was closed last month after it was determined to be accidental, according to police.

Wawrzyniak’s death and the subsequent police investigation caused controversy in Worth. Wawrzyniak’s family and supporters packed two recent village board meetings, questioning the official account of how she died and denying that she was buying drugs.



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