Man Accused of Giving Teen Heroin Sought County Drug Treatment
A Cook County judge refused to lower the bond for 19-year-old Matthew Lefebvre on Monday, a move that would have qualified him for the county's jail-based drug rehab program.
A Palos Hills accused of providing heroin to a teen girl who overdosed twice is considering a plea deal for an alleged probation violation from a separate 2011 robbery case.
Matthew Lefebvre, 19, appeared Monday in Judge Colleen Ann Hyland's Bridgeview courtroom for earlier theft case. He remains in custody at the Cook County Department of Corrections on $250,000 bond.
Officials allege Lefebvre violated his probation with an Oct. 27 arrest for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the life of a child; he was arrested again for similar charges on Nov. 7, according to court records. Police said Lefebvre had admitted to supplying the drug to a teenage girl.
Lefebvre would be eligible for the county jail's drug treatment program if his bond was lowered, assistant Public Defender Scott Lipinksi told the judge.
"With that high bond, they won't put him in the program," Lipinski said. Lowering the bond to $200,000 would qualify Lefebvre for the treatment program, he said.
Hyland denied the lowered bond but offered to meet with prosecutors and Lefebvre's defense to discuss a potential plea agreement. Lipinski requested a date from the judge to address a plea deal after Lefebvre's hearing on the new misdemeanor charges.
Authorities also allege Lefebvre violated his probation by not attending meetings associated with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) programs.
Lefebvre's next date to appear on the misdemeanor drug charges is Jan. 15. He is set to be back in Hyland's court on Jan. 28.