McBrain Charged With Drug Induced Homicide

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A Litchfield man has been arrested on a seldom-used law for allegedly providing the drugs in connection with the overdose death of a Hillsboro man.

James McBrain, 49, of Litchfield, faces a felony charge of drug induced homicide in the Dec. 4, 2020, death of Justin Calcott, 30, of Hillsboro, at his residence. The law defines drug induced homicide as any death that results from someone providing illegal drugs to another person who dies from injecting, inhaling or ingesting.

McBrain was taken into custody in Springfield on Thursday, March 4, by the U.S. Marshal Service, and is being held at Montgomery County Jail with a bond of $750,000.

The investigation began when Hillsboro police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service were dispatched to a Hickory Street residence in Hillsboro at 4:10 a.m. Dec. 4 for a possible overdose.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

According to Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham, after gathering witness statements, evidence of illegal drugs at the scene, and a multi-jurisdictional investigation that included the Litchfield Police Department, Illinois State Police and South Central Illinois Drug Task Force, and with the assistance of the Carlinville Police Department, Hillsboro investigators presented the case to Montgomery County State’s Attorney Andrew Affrunti, who filed the felony charge and a warrant was issued for McBrain’s arrest.

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