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Third man is sentencedin Naperville Ecstasy case

Convicted Ecstasy dealer Timothy E. Grandberry, 20, could avoid an eight-year prison term should he successfully complete a boot camp-style program run by the Illinois Department of Corrections. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Office
Convicted Ecstasy dealer Timothy E. Grandberry, 20, could avoid an eight-year prison term should he successfully complete a boot camp-style program run by the Illinois Department of Corrections. | Courtesy of DuPage County Sheriff's Office

The last of three men arrested last summer during an Ecstasy sting conducted by Naperville police has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in that crime.

But Romeoville resident Timothy E. Grandberry might be able to avoid serving that term if he is accepted into and then completes a boot camp-style program for young, first-time offenders run by the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Naperville police on July 10, 2012, arrested Grandberry and two associates for possessing and selling Ecstasy.

Police last year said Grandberry, at the time of his arrest, had 304 Ecstasy pills with an estimated street sale value of $6,000 in his possession.

Grandberry, 19, initially was charged with two felony counts of the manufacture or delivery of 200 but less than 600 Ecstasy pills, the manufacture or delivery of 15 but less than 200 Ecstasy pills and resisting or obstructing a police officer. Court records indicated he instead pleaded guilty to and was convicted of a single, amended charge of the manufacture or delivery of 10 but less than 15 Ecstasy pills.

Judge John J. Kinsella on Thursday accepted Grandberry’s plea and imposed the sentence of prison or boot camp, records showed. Kinsella gave Grandberry three days of credit toward his term for time he spent in jail following his arrest, according to records.

Members of the police department’s Special Operations Group arrested Grandberry and friends Ahmad S. Willingham and Devante R. Murphy. SOG members in May 2012 identified Grandberry as a drug dealer, and made three “controlled” narcotics purchases from him over several weeks, a police spokesman said last year.

The men were arrested on the 1300 block of South Naper Boulevard, in the Fox Run Square shopping center in east-central Naperville.

Willingham, 20, of Romeoville, had accompanied Grandberry during two of the previous undercover drug buys, the spokesman said. Murphy, 20, of Chicago, had one Ecstasy pill and a small amount of marijuana in his possession at the time of the final purchase, the spokesman said.

Kinsella in April sentenced Willingham to six months in jail, after finding him guilty of a felony charge of the manufacture or delivery of 15 but less than 200 Ecstasy pills.

The judge also ordered him to perform 30 hours of community service work and serve two years of “first offender controlled substance” probation.

Murphy was convicted last year of a misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance. Kinsella in November placed him on two years of probation and ordered him to perform 100 hours of public service work.

Grandberry also was found guilty last fall of driving under the influence of drugs, following a May 2012 traffic stop in Naperville. Court records indicated he was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service work and placed on two years of supervision in that matter.

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