In The Courts: 2 More Plead Guilty to Shootings at Aurora KFC

In The Courts: 2 More Plead Guilty to Shootings at Aurora KFC

Three men have now pleaded guilty for their roles in a restaurant robbery four years ago on Aurora’s near-east side that injured three.

Chase N. West, 23, and Joshua O. Scott, 30, each agreed to a sentence of 24 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for guilty pleas to attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony, on three counts.

Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., accepted the plea.

Kane County First Assistant State’s Attorney Jody Gleason stated in court that, shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 2014, West and co-defendant Claude R. Jackson, who was armed with a Kel-tec 2000 rifle, entered a KFC in the 1300 block of East New York Street, Aurora. Scott remained in the car.

Jackson pointed the rifle at three employees — the only other people inside — and demanded money. The three employees were unable to open the cash register. Jackson then fired the rifle at least three times, striking each of the three victims, one in the arm and side, one in the leg and one in the stomach.

The offenders ran outside to the white Cadillac Escalade where Scott was waiting and fled. The investigation immediately led Aurora police to the three offenders.

Jackson on Aug. 9, 2018, agreed to a sentence of 29 1/2 years’ imprisonment in the IDOC in exchange for a guilty plea to aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, on three counts. According to Illinois law, he must serve at last 85 percent of the sentence.

According to Illinois law, Scott and West are eligible for day-for-day credit. Each receives credit for 1,449 days served in the Kane County jail.