July 15, 2010
A jury found Reginald Chandler-Martin, 23, of Aurora, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion in connection with the shooting death of John D. Rosales on April 1, 2008.
Circuit Judge Richard Schoenstedt is scheduled to sentence Chandler-Martin on July 29.
The defendant was one of two armed men who forced their way into the victim’s residence at 2511 Sheehan in Naperville in a botched attempt to steal cocaine, marijuana and money from the residence. Chandler-Martin ordered everyone in the residence to get down. His accomplice, Tyrell Jackson, 23, shot Rosales in the neck.
Jackson, 22, of Villa Park, was found guilty of first-degree murder by Judge Schoenstedt in May at the conclusion of a bench trial. He is awaiting sentencing.
Two other Aurora men, Cherrod Moore, 29, and Courtney Mayes, 23, also were found guilty in November of first-degree murder by Judge Schoenstedt following a bench trial. The two were inside men who helped plan the robbery. They both were in the residence playing video games when Jackson and Chandler-Martin stormed through the door.
Moore and Mayes initially told Naperville Police they were innocent bystanders. Later, in separate interviews, both admitted they met with the other defendants to plan the robbery. They were each sentenced to 20 years in prison.
A fifth defendant, Justin Harper, 22, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and has cooperated with the prosecution. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Harper supplied the guns that were used in the robbery.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Steve Platek and Michael Knick prosecuted the case against Chandler-Martin.
Charles B. Pelkie
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