- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - The son of a suburban Chicago police officer faces a mandatory life in prison sentence after being found guilty Monday in the deaths of two men who were lured to a house on promises of a good time.

A Will County jury deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding 21-year-old Adam Landerman of Joliet guilty in the strangulation deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22.

The two victims were lured to a Joliet house, where they expected to party with Alisa Massaro, Bethany McKee, Joshua Miner and Landerman. However, the four plotted to rob the victims for cigarette money. Miner strangled Rankins while Landerman strangled Glover.

In summing up her case against Landerman, Assistant Will County State’s Attorney Tricia McKenna said Landerman didn’t bother to learn the victims’ names.

“Throughout (Landerman’s police interview) they’re ‘bald guy’ and ‘dreads’,” McKenna said during closing arguments Monday.

McKee and Miner were found guilty by Judge Gerald Kinney in trials last year and sentenced to life imprisonment. Massaro pleaded guilty to robbery and concealing a homicide charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in exchange for testimony against the others.

Massaro testified during the trial of McKee, that he suggested Rankins as a target because he was thought to carry large amounts of cash. Massaro said McKee made the phone call inviting Rankins and Glover to the house where they were killed for what turned out to be $120.

Landerman’s attorneys did not call any witnesses after prosecutors rested their case Monday. Landerman said he would waive his right to testify in his own defense when Bertani-Tomczak reminded him of his rights.

Defense attorney Edward Jaquays argued Landerman had not planned a robbery, but stopped Glover from intervening when Miner and Rankins began fighting. After Landerman went into the next room and discovered he was dead, he returned to find Miner strangling Glover.

Jaquays said Landerman and Miner never had “a meeting of the minds” and his client was scared by Miner’s actions.

“He’s only scared because he got caught. He took a lead role in the depravities these individuals were doing,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in rebuttal.

Joliet Police Officer Bruce Trevillian and another officer testified Monday about how investigators found Landerman hiding in the basement of the house behind wood paneling on the afternoon following the killings.

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