Guilty pleas pile up in drug case
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media August 23, 2013 9:54AM
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:36AM
When Rasheed Naylor recently admitted selling cocaine to a man cooperating with federal investigators, he joined an ever-growing list of suspects from the 2012 federal drug probe in Aurora who now await sentencing.
Naylor and four other men are each scheduled to be sentenced over a five-week span beginning in late September.
The group, which represents slightly more than half of the men charged last year in the federal sweep, faces the possibility of significant prison time, according to Kane County court records.
A total of nine men were charged by federal prosecutors as part of an investigation into illegal drug and gun sales in Aurora. Specifically, the men have been accused of selling cocaine or heroin to a gang member who was working with law enforcement.
Less than a year after the charges came down, six have pleaded guilty, with one man — 37-year-old Mark Jones — already sentenced to eight years in federal prison for selling $200 of crack cocaine to the informant in the parking lot of Dairy Delight.
Naylor, Johnathan Ibister, Lawrence Donaldson, Kendrick Weber and Antoine Harris each await their fate in hearings scheduled between Sept. 25 and Oct. 31. Prosecutors state Naylor’s previous conviction, and subsequent six-year prison term, in a Kane County case for drug dealing near a school merits an enhanced sentence.
Ibister had been scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 14, but the hearing was pushed back. In court records, prosecutors have asked for Ibister to be sentenced within federal guidelines of seven-and-a-half to a little more than nine years for cocaine distribution. Prosecutors cite Ibister’s lengthy criminal history in Kane County between 2000 and 2012 in their sentencing recommendation.
“What emerges from ... the pre-sentence report ... is the picture of someone who has shown himself incapable or unwilling to conform his behavior to the dictates of the law,” prosecutors wrote in Ibister’s sentencing memorandum.
Ibister also has a graphic tattoo apparently referencing Aurora police with the phrase “[expletive] the police,” according to prosecutors.
Three other cases remain pending against Keiotta Tennial, Maurice Payne and Arnoldo Cepeda. A judge recently allowed Payne’s attorney to leave the case after Payne stated the two had a “damaged relationship,” court documents show.
Cepeda is scheduled for a Sept. 6 hearing, at which he could take a plea, according to court records.