Three Charged With Murder in February Slaying of Chandler Sweaney

Three men have been charged with second degree murder in the February 1 slaying of 23-year-old Chandler Sweaney in his residence on West Chestnut in Springfield.

Paul Morales, 29, is facing charges of Second Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Timothy Johnson, 32, was charged with Felony Murder for Death in Attempted Delivery of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, First Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Rickey Rose, 34, was charged with Felony Murder for Death in Attempted Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

All three could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on all counts.

Court documents say that Morales and Johnson went to Sweaney’s home on West Chestnut Street to see Rose, who had been renting a room from Sweaney. Rose took the two men to him room where the men had planned to buy drugs and a gun. Morales then shot twice at Rose, wounding him, before running out of the bedroom into the living room. He then fired at Sweaney and a witness before fleeing the scene.

Court documents say that an ATF agent contacted Springfield police, saying an inmate in Illinois who was a leader in the Gangster Disciples was recorded on a call talking to Johnson and Morales about the killing and robbery.

Morales and Johnson are both members of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Morales was on parole after serving 8 years on car theft and other crimes. Johnson had only recently been released after serving ten years for robbery. Morales was arrested during an April traffic stop, Johnson during a May traffic stop.

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