September 8, 2010
Reginald Chandler-Martin, 23, of Aurora, was convicted in July on 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. Will County Circuit Judge Richard Schoenstedt sentenced Chandler-Martin.
The judge also sentenced him to three additional years in prison for shoving a Will County Adult Detention Facility correctional officer during a search while he was in custody awaiting trial.
Chandler-Martin and his accomplice, Tyrell Jackson, 22, of Villa Park, forced their way into the victim’s home in a botched attempt to steal cocaine, marijuana and money. Chandler-Martin ordered everyone in the residence to get down. When Rosales refused to comply, Jackson shot him in the neck.
“Judge Schoenstedt closed the book on this case and made our streets safer by sending Reginald Chandler-Martin to prison for this cold-blooded and senseless murder,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “My prosecutor, Steve Platek, worked closely with Naperville detectives to secure convictions and lengthy prison terms for each and every one of the reprobates who planned and executed this robbery and murder.”
Jackson was found guilty of first-degree murder in May at the conclusion of a bench trial. In August, Judge Schoenstedt sentenced Jackson to 70 years in prison.
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 Chandler-Martin and Jackson 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.
Charles B. Pelkie
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