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Man resentenced for role in Naperville drug murder

Courtney L. Mayes

Courtney L. Mayes

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:20AM

An Aurora man who saw his conviction in a narcotics-related murder overturned has been resentenced in that crime.

Courtney L. Mayes was found guilty of first-degree murder in the April 1, 2008 shooting of John D. Rosales, of Naperville’s far southwest side. Mayes, 25, was convicted in November 2010 in Will County Circuit Court and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Separate Illinois Appellate Court panels later ruled Naperville police did not have probable cause to detain and then charge Mayes and his cousin, Cherrod L. Moore, with the killing. That, in turn, meant the verbal and written confessions both men gave police were inadmissible as evidence, the judges declared.

Will County Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt on Thursday resentenced Mayes on a felony charge of aggravated robbery, according to court records. Schoenstedt reduced Mayes’ penalty by five years, sentencing him to 15 years in prison, records indicated.

Moore, 32, of Aurora, also was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to a 20-year prison term. He remains in Will County Jail and could be resentenced when he appears Nov. 28 in Schoenstedt’s courtroom.

Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow, could not be reached Monday or Tuesday by telephone for comment on the matter.

Rosales, 23, had hosted a party in his townhouse on the 2500 block of Sheehan Drive the evening of March 31, 2008 and into the early-morning hours of April 1. Naperville police in 2008 said Rosales was targeted for robbery because of the significant amounts of cocaine, marijuana and cash he kept in his home.

Mayes and Moore conspired in the robbery with Tyrell Jackson, now 25, of Villa Park; and Reginald Chandler-Martin, now 26, of Aurora.

Jackson and Chandler-Martin covered their faces with bandanas and wielded handguns as they burst through Rosales’ unlocked front door around midnight, police said. Chandler-Martin ordered the party guests - including Mayes and Moore - to lie on the floor, and when Rosales refused to do so, Jackson shot him in the neck.

Jackson and Chandler-Martin fled from the scene in a car. The gravely wounded Rosales, with two pit bull terriers in tow, got into his car and sped off, police said.

Rosales was found dead a short time later on the median near 87th Street and Skylane Drive. It was not known whether he was chasing Chandler-Martin and Jackson or attempting to drive himself to Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Police said Moore and Mayes initially insisted they were merely playing video games during the party and mot involved in the crime. Both later gave oral and written confessions, admitting they had conspired with Chandler-Martin and Jackson in the robbery.

Jackson in August 2010 was sentenced to 70 years in prison, after being convicted of first-degree murder. Chandler-Martin was sentenced a month later to 39 years in prison, after being found guilty of first-degree murder and home invasion.

A fifth defendant, Justin C. Harper, 25, of Aurora, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of aggravated robbery, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He supplied and later hid the .22- and .32-caliber handguns used by Jackson and Chandler-Martin.

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