June 13, 2024

Final Investigation of Inmate Death

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office recently received the final investigation of the in-custody death of Colton Sabo. This investigation was conducted by the Major Investigation Assistance Team (MIAT) and reviewed by the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. After a review of the investigation, the State’s Attorney declined to file charges. 

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the State’s Attorney’s Office, McHenry County Coroner, and members of MIAT for their assistance in completing this matter. 

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office empathizes with the family and members of our community affected by this loss. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to the health and safety of each inmate and is confident in our Corrections Officers’ ability to maintain a safe environment. 

In the case of any inmate death, an investigation by an independent agency is always conducted. In recent events, McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team has been designated to act as the independent agency. Details are not released until MIAT, in conjunction with the Coroner’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s Office, concludes the review of the matter. 

The Sheriff’s Office receives guidance on best practices through the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) standards and American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation standards. The Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, as well as the training and professionalism of our Corrections Officers, ensure that these standards are met or exceeded. If you would like to review the Sheriff’s Office’s procedures, you can find them at https://public.powerdms.com/MCSO1/tree.