Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
top story

Mattoon man admits to murder conspiracy over 'bad drug deal'

  • Updated
  • 0
{{featured_button_text}}

Here are tips to prevent your home from being broken into. Remember, if you observe a suspicious person or behavior, call 911.

CHARLESTON — A Mattoon man was sentenced to prison after he admitted planning a murder over what was described as "a bad drug deal."

Cody D. Cordes

Cordes

Cody D. Cordes, 28, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge that accused him of agreeing with another man to obtain guns and travel to Champaign to commit the murders. The plot was discovered and Cordes was arrested before it was carried out.

Demolition of former school building in Charleston on hold without funding help

Police records in the case say the other man approached police and agreed to work as a confidential source in the investigation after Cordes told him of his plans.

With the agreement reached in the case, Cordes was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the conviction that could have brought a four- to 30-year prison term.

Watch now: Coles County Board hears opposition but votes to renew solid waste grant program

The agreement also included dismissal of a solicitation of murder charge that accused Cordes of recruiting the other man to take part in the plan. A conviction for that offense would have required at least 15 years in prison.

People are also reading…

The case records say the other man contacted Mattoon police on Nov. 24 and related that Cordes told him he wanted to travel to a Champaign residence, shoot and kill everyone there and steal money and drugs.

Ashmore man gets probation for domestic battery, resisting police

Support Local Journalism

Your membership makes our reporting possible.
{{featured_button_text}}

The man said Cordes indicated he wanted to target a drug dealer who lived at the Champaign residence and also would kill a Mattoon man, also a drug dealer, if he were there at the time, the records say.

The man told police that Cordes indicated a "bad drug deal" with the Mattoon man was what motivated him to plan the murders, according to the records.

Mattoon man sentenced to prison because of probation violations

The records also say police obtained court authorization for the man to wear a concealed recording device and take part in another conversation with Cordes on Nov. 25.

Cordes confirmed his plans during that conversation, saying he hoped the Mattoon man would be at the Champaign resident so it would be "two birds with one stone," the records say.

Mattoon school district approves purchase of Consolidated building for career training use

They also say Cordes was arrested after police received information that he was at a storage unit facility to retrieve a shotgun to use in the crime, and he was located there.

During questioning, Cordes admitted to making the plans saying he wanted to "rob and murder anyone in the residence where he purchases heroin," the records say. He also said his plan was "stupid and wrong," they say.

Eastern Illinois University police chief announces candidacy for sheriff

Coles County Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick sentenced Cordes by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Jenifer Schiavone and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.

The judge agreed to recommend Cordes for a prison system drug treatment program. Records show that Cordes was on probation for a 2019 heroin delivery conviction.


1
0
0
0
0

Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News