JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that two Aurora men were found guilty of murder for their participation in an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a man.
Cherrod Moore, 29, and Courtney Mayes, 22, were found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder by Circuit Judge Richard Schoenstedt following a stipulated bench trial for their role in the shooting death of John D. Rosales.
The two were convicted of helping to plan the robbery that occurred inside the victim’s residence at 2511 Sheehan in Naperville on April 1, 2008. Both defendants were inside the residence playing video games when two other men allegedly stormed through the door and demanded money and drugs from Rosales. The victim was shot after he refused the alleged gunman.
Moore and Mayes called 911 and initially told Naperville Police they were innocent bystanders. Later, in separate interviews, both admitted they met with other defendants to plan the robbery.
Moore and Mayes each face 20 to 60 years in prison when they are sentenced by Judge Schoenstedt on January 8. The remaining two defendants – Reginald Chandler-Martin, 23 and Tyrell Jackson, 22 – are awaiting trial on charges of first-degree murder. 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 in May.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Steve Platek, Nicole Moore and Anna Rossi prosecuted the case against Moore and Mayes.
The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.