SYCAMORE — The second of two men charged in April 2011 with shooting former Northern Illinois University football player Devon Butler was sentenced to more to 14 years in prison Wednesday.
During a hearing at the DeKalb County Courthouse, Mark Orozco, 25, of DeKalb, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of residential burglary.
Orozco and Richard Van Arsdale III, 21, had been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful delivery of marijuana.
Van Arsdale III pleaded guilty to residential burglary in March and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Police said the shooting was in retaliation for a drug deal that happened April 5, 2011, in which Orozco and Van Arsdale III supplied between 10-30 grams of marijuana to two other people, but were not paid. According to police, the pair who stole the drugs went to apartment No. 3 of 1009 Aspen Court in DeKalb and hid.
Authorities have said that several hours later, Orozco fired four rounds from a 9 mm handgun into that apartment while riding in a vehicle driven by Van Arsdale III. Butler, a former NIU linebacker, was in that apartment visiting friends. Police stressed that Butler was not involved in the drug transaction and knew nothing about it.
Butler was shot in the back and spent two weeks in the hospital with a collapsed lung. He was dismissed from the football team this summer after he was stabbed at an off-campus party, and has transferred to Western Illinois University.
Prosecutor Phil Montgomery with the DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office said the state felt Orozco was more culpable than Van Arsdale III and sought a longer sentence.
Orozco will receive credit for time served in jail as part of his sentence, and two years of parole. As part of the plea deal, all other charges against him were dropped.
Orozco also must pay $4,271 in restitution to Butler, and $3,000 to DeKalb police.