Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Girlfriend blamed for gun in jail
Officials suspect shooting of inmates a ploy to sue county

Monday, February 06, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Jeff Coen

A woman who visited the Cook County Jail late last month was charged Sunday with sneaking into the facility a handgun that authorities said was used to shoot three inmates in a maximum-security division there on Wednesday.

Randi White, 21, was to appear Monday at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building for a bond hearing, said John Gorman, spokesman for State's Atty. Richard Devine.

Authorities described White as a girlfriend of one of the wounded inmates.

White was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution, Gorman said. In this case, that contraband was a firearm, making the charge a felony punishable by at least 6 years in prison if she is convicted, he said.

After a series of interviews with inmates, investigators believe the shooting was staged as part of a plan to file a lawsuit against the county, sources close to the investigation said. Interviews with inmates and witnesses continued through the weekend and were to go on this week.

White, of the 3800 block of West Wellington Avenue, who recently moved to Chicago from Covington, Tenn., was arrested late Saturday without incident.

Injured in the shooting in the cell in Division 11 of the jail were Gregory Sherman, 27, of Chicago; Terry Martin, 28, of Dolton; and Lorenzo Evans, 27, of Chicago. Sources close to the investigation identified White as a girlfriend of Sherman's.

She had visited the jail the week of Jan. 23, investigators said, and apparently was able to get the weapon--an older model .32-caliber snub-nose revolver--past security.

The allegations were expected to be detailed Monday during the 1 p.m. hearing in the Criminal Courts Building.

Cook County sheriff's police have said they were suspicious of the shooting because all three inmates involved had only minor injuries and the gun was found with them.

It was believed unlikely that the three men would have been shot in a fight at such close range and received only superficial wounds.

On Friday, sheriff's police spokesman Bill Cunningham said the inmates were being considered suspects in whatever had occurred. On Sunday, Cunningham said he could not comment further on the investigation.

Sources said the probe was not completed with the arrest of White. None of the three injured inmates was charged by late Sunday in the alleged plan to set up and carry out the shooting.

No guards were threatened with the gun.

During the shooting, Sherman, who was awaiting sentencing for armed robbery and other convictions, was grazed on his elbow. Martin, awaiting trial in a murder, was hit in the upper calf. Evans, also jailed on murder charges, was shot in the left thigh. All three were treated at nearby hospitals.

A guard found the men, who shared a cell, lying on the deck of the second floor outside the cell, sheriff's officials said. The cell's lock had been intentionally jammed open, authorities said.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been attempting to trace the origin and ownership of the FIE Titanic revolver used in the shooting.

Sheriff's officials and an expert on the jail have said they could not recall a firearm ever being discharged inside the facility, which houses about 10,000 inmates.

In January, a Cook County jury convicted jail guard Kenyatta Sanders of attempting to smuggle a .38-caliber revolver into the jail in 2003.

In 1984, six inmates escaped when they overpowered guards using two revolvers that had been carried into the jail by a paramedic. The paramedic hid the guns in a blood-pressure kit.

The investigation into Wednesday's shootings was intended to examine whether a guard or another employee could have aided the smuggling of the weapon into the jail, Cunningham said.

Last summer, inmate Randy Rencher walked out of the jail wearing a guard's uniform and went on a multistate bank-robbery spree, authorities said. After he was caught in Ohio, Rencher said he bribed a jail guard who aided him in his escape, authorities said.

Cunningham said the sheriff's office was still waiting for Rencher to agree to be interviewed about the allegation. So far, the sheriff's office has found no evidence that guards helped Rencher, he said.

Last month, another inmate who had just been taken from jail for court walked away from a sheriff's deputy in the lockup area of a seventh-floor courtroom at the Criminal Courts Building.

Another deputy stopped the inmate as he was walking toward an exit on the first floor after he had turned his corrections uniform inside out.

That incident also remained under investigation last week.



Recent Headlines

Honoring the Silver Star Families of America at the Cook County Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 6th
Monday, March 27, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

As High-Poverty Neighborhoods Shrink, Downtown Construction Booms
Monday, March 27, 2017

While detainees sit, Cook County bail reform drags on
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Morning Spin: Dorothy Brown contract stalls amid accusations of 'potential half-truths'
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Chicago Tribune

South Austin man charged in shooting near Cook County courthouse
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Man wounded in hail of gunfire outside Cook County courthouse
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Des Plaines Mayor Says Compost Proposal On Dump Site Will Be Delayed
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Journal Online

Man wounded in hail of gunfire outside Cook County courthouse
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Ensuring Earlier Access to Attorneys for Arrestees in Chicago
Monday, March 20, 2017
wttw Chicago Tonight

Officials: Glencoe, Forest Preserve District close to finalizing golf club land use agreement
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

The mysterious case of Philippe Loizon and $200,000 charged to Cook County taxpayers
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

6 Ways the Republicansí Proposed Health Care Bill Could Impact Cook County
Friday, March 17, 2017
Chicago Magazine

Cook County Board Lobbying Activity Dropped In 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Daily Line

River Forest opts out of Cook County minimum wage, sick leave rules
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Clerk Orr: Sugary drink tax, ridesharing tax ordinance were focus of Cook County lobbying activity in 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Board Lobbying Activity Dropped In 2016
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Daily Line

Kim Foxx planning to revamp Cook County wrongful-conviction unit
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Sheriff dropped from lawsuit challenging bail; focus now on Cook County judges
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Injustice Watch

Cook County Pushing To Make It Easier To Expunge Juvenile Records
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
WBEZ

Making it easier to get juvenile arrest records expunged
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Daily Northwestern

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP