Weather Updates

Drug pleas end with lengthy prison terms for Aurora men

Updated: January 26, 2014 6:15AM

The latest round of sentencing hearings tied to a federal probe of local gun and drug dealing has brought the number of Aurora men sent to prison to six.

Rasheed Naylor and Antoine Harris are the two most recent defendants to learn their fate in federal court. Naylor, on Dec. 13, received five years in prison, while Harris was sentenced to 10 years during a Dec. 18 hearing, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A total of nine men from Aurora were picked up on drug or weapons charges during a federal investigation into illegal drug and gun sales that culminated with arrests in November 2012.

Naylor, 32, pleaded guilty in August to selling 20 grams of crack cocaine for $1,150 to a police informant in 2011 a few days after completing parole on a six-year drug sentence tied to a Kane County case. Prosecutors, calling Naylor a career offender, sought to have him sentenced to a minimum of 12 1/2 years, while Naylor attorney argued for closer to four.

In Harris’ case, the 31-year-old previously pleaded guilty to selling nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine for $2,400. Prosecutors suggested 17 years as the starting point of their suggested sentencing range, according to his plea.

Naylor and Harris join four other men already serving prison time after guilty pleas this year: Johnathan Ibister, six years; Lawrence Donaldson, approximately three years; Kendrick Webber, six-and-a-half years; and Mark Jones, eight years.

Of the three remaining men with pending cases, Arnoldo Cepeda is scheduled to plead guilty in January and Keiotta Tennial also returns to court next month when he will either have a trial date set or a plea entered, according to court records. Maurice Payne is also expected to appear in court in January.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.