- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - The last person convicted in the 2013 deaths of two Joliet men lured to a house on promises of a good time was sentenced Friday to natural life in prison.

Illinois law required the sentence for Adam Landerman, 22, after he was found guilty in June of the strangulation deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22. Will County Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak handed down the sentence.

Landerman, the son of a Joliet police officer, is the fourth person to be sentenced in the case. He gave a statement during Friday’s hearing that did not include an apology to the victims’ families.

“There’s been a lot of things said about who I am and about this case,” said Landerman. “What happened is a tragedy, but the stories that have been said are absolutely ridiculous - especially about me.

“What’s happening here now, to me, is wrong.”

After the hearing, Glover’s mother, Nicole Jones, called Landerman’s statement “bull.” Rankins’ mother, Jamille Kent, described it as “selfish.”

“Every day I am confronted with the fact that my son is never coming back. It feels like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from,” Jones, added. “I find myself thinking if I can just get through the holidays, his birthday, the month he was murdered, I will be OK. But the truth is, it is never OK. It will never be the same.”

Glover and Rankins 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.

After the killings, the four suspects got $120, which they used to buy gas for McKee’s car and cocaine from Landerman’s dealer, according to prosecutors. They returned to the house, where they desecrated the bodies and made plans to dismember them before police interrupted them, according to prosecutors.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, referencing Landerman’s statement, said it was “really sad what happened in court today.”

“There’s a psychopathy (to what he did) which absolutely mandates he be locked up for the rest of his life,” Glasgow said.

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 in exchange for a 10-year sentence and testimony against the others.

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