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Lake in the Hills man on McHenry County's top 10 fugitive list turns himself in

James Buttacavoli Jr., 43, of Lake in the Hills, was charged in 2016 after authorities said he possessed more than 2,000 grams of marijuana and more than 50 marijuana plants.
James Buttacavoli Jr., 43, of Lake in the Hills, was charged in 2016 after authorities said he possessed more than 2,000 grams of marijuana and more than 50 marijuana plants.

WOODSTOCK – One of McHenry County's top 10 fugitives turned himself in Thursday, authorities said.

James Buttacavoli Jr., 43, of Lake in the Hills was charged in 2016 after authorities said he possessed more than 2,000 grams of marijuana and more than 50 marijuana plants.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge. He has no previous criminal history in McHenry County, according to court records.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Lt. James Wagner said factors considered when deciding who makes the top 10 list include:

• The defendant must have an outstanding warrant for a felony crime.

• The crime usually involves some sort of violence, drugs, guns or a sex offense.

• The apprehension unit or other law enforcement agencies tried to serve a warrant and were unsuccessful.

• The individual has a McHenry County connection.

• He or she might be a suspect in an ongoing investigation.

• The individual usually is a repeat offender or has multiple warrants out for his or her arrest.

• Authorities believe the public can help them find that person.

This is the second McHenry County fugitive apprehended in the past two months. Justin E. Dean, 25, of Wonder Lake was arrested July 27, after being wanted for a charge of possession of a controlled substance after police said he had less than 15 grams of oxycodone.

Buttacavoli Jr. remained in McHenry County jail custody as of Friday on $60,000 bond, according to jail records. He is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

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