Two Chicago men were sentenced to prison today for plundering a New Lenox-area home hours after the homeowner had been bludgeoned to death by another man.
The dead resident’s body was still inside the home when John White, 21, of the 4900 block of West Erie Street and David Reed, 24, of the 7300 block of Peoria Street entered his home on June 10, 2011, to burglarize it, according to prosecutors.
White was sentenced to 6 years in prison and Reed to 4 years by Will County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Rozak.
Reed and White on Feb. 3 pleaded guilty to breaking into Dwight Jones' home on the 13300 block of West 184th Street after they met with Rodney Julun of Chicago on that June day after Julun allegedly killed Jones.
Julun, 23, of the 6900 block of South Laflin Avenue is set for trial on charges of one count of murder, one count of home invasion, three counts of residential burglary, one count of robbery and one count of motor-vehicle theft in connection with Jones' death.
Julun allegedly met Jones in Chicago and accompanied him back to unincorporated New Lenox Township, killing him, prosecutors said. Julun allegedly burglarized the home, and then drove back to Chicago in Jones' car.
At the time, Julun was serving a 48-month suspended sentence for burning and burglarizing the Illinois Aviation Museum in Bolingbrook in 2009.
Reed and White said they encountered Julun that day, and he drove them back to Jones' home in the dead man's car.
Will County Sheriff's Police had been unaware of Jones' death until June 14, 2011, when sheriff's deputies summoned to the home encountered his decomposing body, an unlocked patio door, ransacked rooms and a car missing from the garage.
The Will County Coroner's Office ruled that Jones, 59, had died of blunt-force trauma.
Both Reed and White are expected to testify in Julun's trial.
Rozak could have sentenced each to up to 15 years for burglarizing the home, located northeast of U.S. Route 6 and Parker Road.
Rozak had also been scheduled Thursday to decide on allegedly self-incriminating statements made by Julun, but postponed the issue until next week. Assistant State's Atty. Christopher P. Regis was the lead prosecutor in both cases.
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