Orland Park man sentenced to 12 years in prison for having cocaine for sale
URBANA — An Orland Park man who worked with friends from the western Chicago suburbs to sell drugs to patrons of a concert in Urbana last winter has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Marshall Giorango, 20, pleaded guilty in October before Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver cocaine, admitting that on Feb. 2 he had about 20 grams of cocaine for sale in the parking deck of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, across the street from The Canopy Club, where a concert was scheduled.
He was one of five men arrested that night for having what University of Illinois police called a "veritable potpourri" of Ecstasy pills, Ecstasy powder, cocaine, marijuana, LSD and nitrous oxide for sale.
And while Giorango was jailed on the original Class X felony drug charges, he allegedly instructed his girlfriend in Orland Park to sell off his drug inventory and to collect drug debts from people to raise his bond money. That conduct resulted in a money-laundering charge about six weeks after the drug charges had been filed.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson allowed Giorango to plead guilty to a single count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine stemming from the Feb. 2 arrest and dismissed the more serious Class X counts and the separate money-laundering case.
However, she presented evidence of the latter to Difanis at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.
Carlson asked for the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for Giorango while his attorney, Jim Martinkus of Champaign, urged the judge to consider a sentence of seven years or under with a recommendation for boot camp.
Court records show Giorango had one prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance for which he received first offender probation.