Marcus D. Jones | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:55AM
Rather than face a jury that already had been chosen to hear his case, a Mokena man accused of murder decided Tuesday to plead guilty.
Marcus D. Jones, 32, of the 10700 block of Green Meadows Drive, was charged in March 2012 with killing Terrance Chandler, 20, in May 2001 in unincorporated Will County near Joliet.
With a jury in another room waiting to be seated, Jones pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. Will County Judge Daniel Rozak followed a suggestion from prosecutors and sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison.
Authorities said Jones had an ongoing feud with Chandler, and that Jones shot him on May 15, 2001.
About 7:30 p.m. that night, a driver in the 600 block of Patterson Road saw Chandler’s body lying in the road next to the open trunk of his 1995 Ford Thunderbird.
Chandler had been shot four times with a .45-caliber handgun, police said.
Police found no witnesses to the shooting, and Jones claimed he was with friends when the crime was committed.
Early in 2012, police began reviewing cold cases and new information restarted the investigation into Chandler’s death.
While court records list a Mokena address for Jones, he had been in custody in Putnam County, Ind., at the time of his arrest for failing to pay child support, Putnam County Sheriff’s Maj. Joe Myers said.
Records show Jones has been arrested or ticketed more than 40 times in the last 13 years on aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery, assault, narcotics possession, theft and traffic charges. Thirty-four of those arrests were made by Joliet police, with others occurring in Crest Hill, Plainfield and Mokena.