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Harvard man found guilty on drugs, weapons charges

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:11 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:14 a.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – A Harvard man faces serious prison time after a judge found him guilty of all the drugs and weapons charges against him.

Cesar G. Rojas-Figueroa could be sentenced to between nine and 40 years for possessing more than 100 grams of cocaine and six to 30 years on a weapons charge. He also was convicted on lesser charges of possessing marijuana and domestic battery.

He will be sentenced May 9.

At a bench trial before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather earlier this month, Harvard police officers said they recovered 101.3 grams of cocaine and 38.5 grams of marijuana at the home the 28-year-old shared with his girlfriend. Police responded Sept. 8, 2013, to their 409 Prairie St. home for a report of a domestic battery.

Rojas-Figueroa later was arrested at his parents’ house across town. A checkbook and another piece of mail with his parents’ address were found at the home where the drugs were recovered. Defense attorney Donna Rotunno argued that Rojas-Figueroa didn’t have ties to the Prairie Street home.

Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons rejected that defense, calling it “totally unrealistic.”

During the trial, testimony revealed that Rojas-Figueroa’s girlfriend, Brenda Valles, gave police drug ledgers and led them to a room in the basement where cocaine, packing materials, cutting agents, a scale and money counter also were found.

She also showed detectives a TEC-9 gun with two loaded magazines and said she had seen Rojas-Figueroa with the case in which the weapon was locked.

Rojas-Figueroa picked up an armed habitual criminal charge after previously been convicted in 2002, and again in 2004 on weapons charges.

His bond was revoked upon the conviction and he was immediately remanded back into custody.

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