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2 more charged in Cook County Jail shooting

Friday, February 10, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Jeff Coen

Two more men have been charged in connection with the smuggling of a handgun into the Cook County Jail, as investigators continued to interview inmates and jail guards about the shooting last week of three inmates in a maximum-security division.

Isiah Sherman, 20, of the 4000 block of West Wellington Avenue, was charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail by Criminal Court Judge Raymond Myles. William Stanback, 26, of the 5000 block of South Indiana Avenue, was ordered held in lieu of $55,000 bail on a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Three inmates in a maximum-security division received minor injuries when they apparently allowed themselves to be shot in their cell on Feb. 1. Cook County sheriff's police have said the shooting was part of a plot by the inmates to file a lawsuit against the county.

Prosecutors said Sherman and Stanback were involved in moving the handgun, which eventually was smuggled into the jail by 21-year-old Randi White.

White allegedly hid the gun in her underwear and managed to get past metal detectors as she arrived to visit inmate Gregory Sherman, Isiah Sherman's brother. White was then able to pass the gun to the inmate, investigators said.

Sources said charges against the inmates themselves were not expected for several days.

Since the shooting, sheriff's police and members of the Cook County state's attorney's office have been questioning inmates about the incident, as well as jail guards who may have been complicit in the plan or negligent in their duties. No sheriff's deputy had been charged with a crime directly related to the smuggling of the gun or the shooting by late Thursday.

Investigators were considering whether the plan was financed by a settlement one of the injured inmates received last fall after suing two Chicago police officers for use of excessive force. That claim was settled in October for $35,000.

The suit, filed a year ago, stemmed from the inmate's claim that he was hurt when a police officer tackled him while he was riding a small motorized street bike, said Jennifer Hoyle, spokeswoman for the city's Law Department.

The officers were responding to a 911 call in August 2004 that men were riding the bikes in the street.

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