MP man pleads guilty in Elburn teen’s death
Updated Feb. 11, 2010
Kane Countyâ€”A Maple Park man has pleaded guilty to providing heroin to an Elburn man who later was found dead in a Chicago alley, as well as assaulting a corrections officer at the Kane County jail.
Nathan L. Green, 23, of the 20900 block of Oak Lane, Maple Park, agreed with the Kane County State’s Attorney to a sentence of four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, and one count of aggravated assault, a Class 4 felony.
The sentence breaks down as three years in prison for the heroin delivery charge and one year for the assault charge. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
Associate Judge Allen M. Anderson accepted the plea.
On Dec. 15, 2007, Green, co-defendants Jordan D. Billek, 19, of the 8N block of Grand Arbor Lane, Maple Park, and Lindsey Parker, 24, of the 4000 block of Royal Fox Drive, St. Charles, and 17-year-old Michael York of Elburn were together in Parker’s St. Charles residence. Green delivered an amount of heroin to York, which he ingested. York became seriously ill after ingesting the heroin, and his dead body was found the next day in an alley on the west side of Chicago. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of York’s death as undetermined.
Because authorities were unable to determine the cause of York’s death, no one was charged with his death.
On Nov. 4, 2009, while in the custody of the Kane County Adult Justice Center, Green assaulted a Kane County corrections officer who was engaged in the execution of his official duties.
During sentencing, Judge Anderson told Green that, â€œWhat brought you here today was your callousness and disregard for the world around you. It is my hope that you are different when you come out of prison. You haven’t done well so far.â€
By law, Green was given day-for-day sentencing. He was given credit for 94 days served in the Kane County jail while being held on the assault charge, and credit for 381 days served in the Kane County jail while being held on the heroin delivery charge.
â€œMore than two years after his death, I am pleased that we finally can start to bring justice to Michael York, and start to give closure to Michael’s mother and two sisters,â€ said Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland, who prosecuted the case.
Billek and Parker each are charged with one count of obstructing justice, a Class 4 felony. The cases are pending. The next court appearance for each is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 4, in Courtroom 311.
The charges against Billek and Parker are not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.