Midlothian Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Deal Tied to Teen's Death

Eric S. Johnson will serve just over three years for his part in the death of Worth teen Brittany Wawrzyniak.

Brittany Wawrzyniak.
Brittany Wawrzyniak.

The controversial case of a Worth woman's death took a definitive turn Friday, when a Midlothian man pleaded guilty for his part in a drug deal that took place moments before her death. 

Eric S. Johnson was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for selling Brittany Wawrzyniak prescription anti-anxiety drug clonazepam.

Wawrzyniak died Nov. 8 after falling out of Johnson’s car as he drove away from the scene. Family and friends questioned Worth police findings, accused the department of botching the investigation and refusing to follow up on leads that Brittany may have been pushed out of the car. Despite angry residents swarming recent village board meetings demanding answers and justice for the Shepard High School grad, the investigation into her death was recently closed after police determined it was accidental.

Johnson will also be under supervision for one year following his prison term and will pay $1,079 in fines and court costs.

A separate charge against Lily Arboleda, 18, of the 6800 block of Kedvale Avenue, Chicago, is still pending. Arboleda is charged with conspiring to commit aggravated battery in relation to a planned attack on another girl, in which Wawrzyniak allegedly planned to participate. 

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Laura Luckman-Bowers May 06, 2014 at 02:38 PM
UNowen May 06, 2014 at 03:39 PM
"Eric S. Johnson was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for selling Brittany Wawrzyniak prescription anti-anxiety drug clonazepam." Drug addict. Let this be a lesson to you to not do drugs.
pmsd247 May 06, 2014 at 11:09 PM
All of Brittany's toxicology reports came back clean. She was not a drug addict.
UNowen May 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM
@pmsd247 that means almost nothing. It doesn't take very long to get clean of most drugs. The norm is about 1-2 weeks at the most. That's why drug testing welfare recipients doesn't work and people who abuse the system usually come up clean. Also if she was not a drug addict would you care to explain to me why she was buying drugs from a drug dealer???
RALPH MALPH May 09, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Does it really matter ? Drop it , I think the family is going through enough shit


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