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Woman charged with smuggling gun into jail

Monday, February 06, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by ROBERT C. HERGUTH Staff Reporter

A family friend of one of three inmates who were shot last week in Cook County Jail was charged Sunday with smuggling in the gun, according to sources and authorities.

Randi White, 21, of 3806 W. Wellington, was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution, a Class X felony that could bring six to 30 years in prison, said John Gorman, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.

White, who was arrested Saturday, is expected in Bond Court today.

The inmates -- Gregory Sherman, 27, Terry Martin, 28, and Lorenzo Evans, 27 -- were in the same maximum security cell when they were shot Wednesday night.

The gun was recovered, and the inmates' wounds weren't severe.
The three men were treated and released back to the jail.

Authorities last week were investigating whether the inmates shot each other so they could get to a hospital and attempt an escape.

Jail guards not suspected
Exactly how the gun got to the inmates remains unclear. But it does not appear at this time that guards at the Cook County Jail assisted, one law enforcement source said.

However, at least one jail guard could face charges on possible crimes that were uncovered during the shooting investigation. Those crimes apparently were unrelated to the shooting and smuggling, the source said.

The Cook County sheriff's office was mum Sunday on details of the shooting probe.
"The investigation is continuing," said sheriff's spokesman Bill Cunningham.



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