Glasgow to personally handle Joliet strangling case
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org January 14, 2013 12:36PM
Updated: February 16, 2013 6:15AM
Prosecutors have been tight-lipped about details surrounding last week’s strangulations in Joliet, but Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, said he plans to personally prosecute the case.
The four suspects in the killings — Joshua Miner, 24; Alisa Massaro, 18; Adam Landerman, 19; and Bethany L. McKee,18 — appeared in court Monday via a video feed from the county jail. Will County Circuit Judge Roger Rickmon ordered their $10 million bail to stand and set their next court dates for Feb. 5.
Police were called to 1121 N. Hickory St. on Thursday, where they found the bodies of Eric Glover, 22, and Terrance Rankins, also 22. Authorities say the suspects continued to party after the men were killed; and when police arrived, Landerman, Massaro and Miner were playing video games. McKee had left before police arrived but was picked up by authorities in Kankakee, police said.
All four suspects are charged under a theory of accountability for planning and participating in the robbery that led to the deaths of Glover and Rankins, Glasgow said.
Despite statements from authorities that the suspects had attempted to dismember the bodies, the Will County coroner confirmed Monday the bodies were whole. Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton has called the murders, “one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I’ve ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement.”
Details of the crime will come out in court, Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor said, but until then, prosecutors keep information private — even from the victims’ families — to avoid tainting witnesses.
“We don’t know at this point who all is going to be a witness,” Connor said.
Jamille Kent, Rankins’ mother, and his uncle, D’arcy Kent, said Monday they were frustrated by the lack of information they’ve gotten from authorities.
“There’s a lot more to this,” Jamille Kent said.
The Kent and Glover family members met with prosecutors after the court hearing.
“We will prosecute this case aggressively, and justice will be served,” Glasgow said, standing outside the Will County courthouse.
McKee’s father, Bill McKee, stood in the courtroom with his hand over his mouth while his daughter was on the video feed from the jail.
“My wife and I send out condolences to the families of the victims,” he said outside the courtroom. “This is a surprise to us, no matter what anyone says. We’re giving it to God at this point.”
Will County court records show at least two of the suspects have had previous legal troubles.
Besides the murder charges, McKee did not have any background in Will County court records. Only curfew violations popped up for Massaro.
Miner, however, was involved in a 2005 child pornography case. The criminal complaint, filed Oct. 31, 2005, accused Miner of videotaping a woman having oral sex with a child and a man having sex with the same child.
Miner, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of unauthorized videotaping. His attorney had pointed out that, while Miner was charged as an adult with the felony, minors could not serve prison time for felony child pornography under state law.
Miner was sentenced to prison in 2010 for a residential burglary, though he ended up in the Department of Corrections’ boot camp program instead.
Landerman, the son of Joliet police Sgt. Julie Larson, had his own set of legal troubles.
He was ordered to submit to a DNA test in a paternity lawsuit brought by a Lockport woman who claims Landerman is the father of her 9-month-old daughter. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 21 in the case.
Landerman also was facing an underage drinking charge in Plainfield. He was charged in December. During his arraignment, Judge Ray Nash ordered Landerman to write a three-page essay and watch the movies “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “A Few Good Men,” court records show. He is scheduled to appear in court on that charge Feb. 20.
Funeral arrangements for Glover will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Joliet and for Rankins at the W.W. Holt Funeral Home in Harvey.
Outside the courthouse Monday, after the hearings, friends and family of Glover and Rankins seemed shellshocked by their deaths.
George Leftridge, who said he was a friend of both victims, spoke outside the courthouse Monday afternoon.
“That was some diabolical acting (by the suspects),” he said. “(If) they were on drugs. That’s no excuse. No drug makes you just wake up and kill two people.”
Leftridge said he hopes the suspects “spend the rest of their days behind bars.”
“He was a good friend of ours,” said Rankins’ friend Stephanie Lytele of Joliet. “We’re just here to pay our respects and make sure justice is served.”
Contributing: Brian Stanley