August 26, 2010
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today (Thursday, August 26, 2010) that a Villa Park man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for his involvement in an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a Naperville man.
Tyrell Jackson, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder in May at the conclusion of a bench trial. Will County Circuit Judge Richard Schoenstedt sentenced Jackson.
Jackson was one of two armed men who forced their way into the residence of John D. Rosales on April 1, 2008 in a botched attempt to steal cocaine, marijuana and money from the residence. Jackson’s accomplice, Reginald Chandler-Martin, 23, of Aurora, ordered everyone in the residence to get down. When Rosales refused to comply, Jackson shot him in the neck.
“Tyrell Jackson gunned down a man in cold blood for drugs and money. Judge Schoenstedt’s 70-year sentence terminates his vile existence and absolutely guarantees this ruthless miscreant will never walk our streets again,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Jackson was the shooter, but my prosecutors have secured convictions against each and every one of the five individuals who facilitated this robbery and murder.”
Chandler-Martin was convicted by a jury in July on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of home invasion. He is the last of five defendants who is awaiting sentencing.
Two other Aurora men, Cherrod Moore, 30, 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 Attorney Steve Platek prosecuted all the defendants in the Naperville shooting.
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