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2 get probation in plot to slip gun into jail

Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Carlos Sadovi

A Cook County judge sentenced two men to 2 years' probation on Tuesday after they pleaded guilty in connection with smuggling a handgun into Cook County Jail in February.

Prosecutors have alleged that the gun was smuggled into a maximum-security wing of the jail as part of a plot to file a lawsuit against the county.

Tracey Martin, 29, of Dolton, and Isiah Sherman, 20, of the 4000 block of West Wellington Avenue, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bring a gun into the jail, said Assistant State's Atty. Brian Holmes. Martin purchased the gun for $75 in Dolton.

Inmates Lorenzo Evans, Martin's brother, Terry, and Sherman's brother, Gregory, allegedly allowed themselves to be shot in their cell on Feb. 1 as part of the plot.

Gregory Sherman offered his brother and his brother's fiance, Randi White, between $200 to $500 to smuggle the gun into the jail, according to Isiah Sherman's statement.

The revolver and the bullets were wrapped in aluminum foil in hopes of shielding them from the metal detector, according to the statement.

White hid the gun in her underwear and passed through a metal detector as she arrived to visit inmate Gregory Sherman, officials said. She then passed the gun to Sherman, investigators said. White is expected to appear Wednesday before Criminal Court Judge Henry Simmons, who is presiding over all the cases.

While investigating the gun case, official found that Carolyn Roscoe, 19, of the 8300 block of South Phillips Avenue, smuggled marijuana to inmate Terry Martin. She pleaded guilty and also received 2 years' probation.

Roscoe told investigators that she smuggled the marijuana into the jail by putting it in a straw, which she hid either in a body cavity or in her underwear. She then pushed the straws through holes in the plexiglass barrier separating visitors from inmates.

Sources said charges against inmates Evans, Terry Martin and Gregory Sherman are pending.

The Cook County sheriff's office is investigating to determine if correctional officers were lax in their duties, said spokesman Bill Cunningham. He said the investigation is expected to conclude in June, but from information gathered so far, investigators believe they have enough information to warrant the dismissal of two, possibly three officers.

One officer who allegedly admitted to bringing the inmates cigarettes and alcohol was charged with offical misconduct soon after the incident and resigned from his job, Cunningham said.



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