Mokena Man Pleads to 2001 Joliet Murder, Gets 10 Years

Marcus Jones, 32, was taken into custody nearly 11 years after gunning down a 20-year-old Joliet man.

Marcus Jones. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department.
Marcus Jones. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department.
By Joseph Hosey

A Mokena man pleaded guilty to a 12-year-old murder just before his trial was to start Tuesday.

Marcus Jones, 32, took a 10-year prison sentence for killing 20-year-old Terrance Chandler in May 2001. Chandler was found dead outside the city limits on Patterson Road.

A jury had already been selected to hear Jones' case when he took his plea. The 10-year sentence was for second-degree murder. A charge of first-degree murder was dismissed.

"Given the facts of the case, this is an appropriate disposition," said Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's Office.

Jones was arrested and charged with Chandler's murder in March 2012.

He was questioned following the murder and provided an alibi, which sheriff's deputies confirmed at the time. The Will County Sheriff’s Gang Suppression Unit found new information and the Sheriff’s Office re-opened the case. Witnesses were interviewed again, giving detectives repudiated stories this time around, leading to Jones' arrest.

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just my opinion August 29, 2013 at 02:02 PM
My thoughts exactly. I've been noticing the same articles be posted up to 3 times each. And I am subsided to new lenox...not Mokena so I don't know why this was even sent to my email. I haven't been reading the patch as it is often as it seems to be a repeat of a repeat.
Ben Feldheim August 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM
In this case, it went out as a breaking news alert on Tuesday evening when it first ran, and then again in our Wednesday morning newsletter.
just my opinion August 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Why do you repost it 2 to 3 times? I read it the first time. I don't want to see it again. I get enough emails and don't want anymore than necessary that I gave to deleat.
Alan Vanderbilt November 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
seriously only 10 years, nice justice system we have
Carmen Gradford November 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
The Joliet police department is a disgrace!!! Because of Marcus Jones my daughter never even got to meet her daddy!!! The Joliet police dapartment knew it was Marvus from the day of Terrance's murder!!! Me and my best friend told them that Marcus had flattened one of Terrance's tired the week prior! A year and a half later I was out with some friends and ran into a girl I went to High School with. She told me that she was so sorry for my loss and had to tell me something. She previously had dated Marcus and she told me that he was bragging about how he killed Terrance and how many times he shot him!!! Me and my friends took her to the police dep and she told them everything. But of course they did nothing. Now the only reason Marcus is in jail I'd because the police wanted to bring him down for their own glory not to find the monster who murderd my daughters father!!! There's not a day that goes by that I don't hurt over this and I'm the one who had to explain to my little girl who is now 12 what happened to her father!!!


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