1 The indictment for criminal drug conspiracy alleged that Gregory Stroud was also known
as Greg Hollins, Greg Cash, Jerry Hollins, and Gowin.
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November 19, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County
v. ) No. 98 CR 26083
GREGORY STROUD, ) Honorable
) Daniel P. Darcy,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE NEVILLE delivered the opinion of the court:
On September 30, 1998, codefendants Gregory Stroud (Stroud),1 Carmecita Williams, Sean
Stroud, and Dwight Chandler were charged with, among other things, violating the criminal drug
conspiracy statute. 720 ILCS 570/405.1 (West 1998). The trial court conducted a joint bench trial
and, at its conclusion, granted Sean Stroud’s and Chandler’s motions for directed verdict. Williams’
appeal is currently pending before this court, but we vacated the order consolidating the Stroud and
Williams cases. Therefore, Stroud is the only defendant involved in this appeal.
Stroud was convicted of criminal drug conspiracy, five counts of delivery of more than 100
but less than 400 grams of cocaine, one count of possession of more than 900 grams of cocaine with