Originally published on ElburnHerald.com March 9, 2010, updated March 11, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.
Victim found in 2007
in Chicago alley
Three co-defendants pleaded guilty this week to their roles in an incident in which an Elburn teenager’s body was left in a Chicago alley in 2007, with one facing a sentence of four years in prison. The mother of victim Michael York attended every court hearing in the case during the more than two years since his body was found.
â€œWith each appearance, she was forced to relive the day she received word that her son was found dead in a Chicago alley,â€ said Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Orland, who prosecuted the case. â€œI am pleased that we finally can provide closure to Michael’s mother and two sisters.â€
One defendant, Nathan L. Green, 23, of Maple Park, agreed on Feb. 5 with the Kane County State’s Attorney to a sentence of three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to York before his death at age 17 on Dec. 15, 2007.
On that day, Green and York were together in the residence of Lindsey Parker, 24, of St. Charles, along with Jordan Billek, 19, of Maple Park. Green delivered an amount of heroin to York, which he ingested. York became seriously ill after ingesting the heroin, later lost consciousness and died. In the mid-morning hours of Dec. 16, Parker discovered York deceased in a guest bedroom. After Parker, Green and Billek discussed how to remove York’s body from Parker’s home, Billek and Green drove the body to Chicago and abandoned it in an alley on the city’s west side. No one called 911.
York’s body was discovered by a passerby, who called Chicago police. The autopsy was performed by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Authorities ruled the cause of York’s death as â€œundetermined,â€ which is why no one was directly charged with York’s death.
Billek agreed on March 4 with the Kane County State’s Attorney to a sentence of 24 months probation in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of obstructing justice, and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. On March 23, 2009, Billek was stopped by Aurora police for a traffic violation. During the subsequent investigation, police discovered an amount of heroin in Billek’s vehicle.
Parker agreed on March 4 with the Kane County State’s Attorney to a sentence of 24 months probation in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of obstructing justice.
Green also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault, for the Nov. 4, 2009, assault of a corrections officer while he was in the Kane County Jail. Green’s sentence breaks down as three years in IDOC for the heroin delivery charge and one year for the assault charge. The sentences are to be served consecutively.
Kane County Associate Judge Allen M. Anderson accepted the plea agreements.
Anderson chided each defendant for the selfishness of their actions and reminded them that their futures are in their own hands. When given a chance to speak, Parker remained silent, but Billek apologized to York’s mother.
â€œThis is an all or nothing proposition,â€ Anderson told Parker. â€œYou will succeed or you will fail. If you fail, you could find yourself in jail. If you succeed, you won’t see me again.â€
To Billek, Anderson said, â€œIf you rely upon drugs, you’re likely to be back. I hope you get this right. I don’t want to see you back here.â€
Billek’s sentence breaks down as 24 months probation for each count. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
As a condition of probation, Billek and Parker must continue treatment for heroin addiction.