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Wonder Lake man awaiting sentencing picks up new charges

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 3:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT

A Wonder Lake man awaiting sentencing on drug charges was re-arrested for what officials said was aiding and abetting a fugitive.

Authorities believe 33-year-old Andrew J. Lazar knew his girlfriend was hiding in the garage at 6910 Hiawatha Drive in Wonder Lake when Sheriff's deputies came to arrest her on an active warrant. Paige Thorne was wanted on a 2012 disorderly conduct charge.

Lazar on May 15 pleaded guilty to a probationable felony that carries a sentencing range of between three to seven years in prison. Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally said at the time he planned to ask the judge to sentence Lazar to the Department of Corrections.

He was arrested June 13 on the latest charges and has since posted bond. At a July 1 scheduled court appearance, Kenneally intends to ask that Lazar's bond be increased. Court documents indicate prosecutors want it increased to $240,000.

Lazar, prosecutors have said, was believed to be involved in a 2009 drug deal in McHenry – providing the heroin that ultimately killed 36-year-old Rustin Cawthon. Cawthon's former girlfriend, Amanda Coots, was later convicted of drug induced homicide. Lazar never was charged with a crime stemming from that incident.

For the charge to which he pleaded guilty, Lazar admitted that he delivered less than one gram of heroin on July 18, 2012. His blind guilty plea was accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather and a sentencing date was set for Aug. 1.

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