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Hickory Street murder defendant files complaint against jail

Wants bigger towels, better menu

JOLIET – A suspect awaiting trial in the Hickory Street slayings wants jail conditions improved.

Adam M. Landerman, 21, has filed a court complaint against Warden Michael O’Leary and Operations Chief Brian Fink at the Will County Adult Detention Facility. Landerman said current conditions for inmates violate the state’s jail regulations.

Landerman claims inmates are given hand-sized towels to use after showers instead of bath towels, the ventilation system is kept cold enough to cause “extreme discomfort and sleep deprivation” and shaving cream is not provided free of charge, according to court filings.

The complaint, which was filed in court last week, also said barber services are not made available to inmates, as required under state regulations.

“The meals served to detainees at the WCADF are wholly and completely inadequate in quantity to satisfy grown male detainees, leaving them suffering from hunger pangs and leading to altercations with other detainees and rule violations involving hoarding and storing food,” Landerman stated in his complaint. He also claims meals are not served at proper times and lack a diverse menu.

Spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Wednesday the Will County Sheriff’s office had no comment on a pending lawsuit.

Landerman has been held in the jail on $10 million bond since his arrest on murder charges 18 months ago.

On Jan. 10, 2013, Landerman, Joshua Miner, 26, Bethany McKee, 20, and Alisa Massaro, 20, allegedly lured Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, to Massaro’s home in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street with plans to rob them of drugs and money.

Police said the suspects strangled the victims and planned to dismember their bodies to conceal the crime. All four were initially charged with murder.

In May, Massaro pleaded guilty to robbery and concealing a homicide and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in exchange for testifying against the others. She is currently serving time in the Logan Correctional Center while McKee and Miner are in the county jail along with Landerman.

The other three are awaiting trials; McKee was scheduled for a bench trial before Judge Gerald Kinney later this month but that has been delayed.

Landerman’s complaint also criticizes jail discipline policies and staff members.

“The Inmate Handbook [rules] are entirely vague and ambiguous and therefore it is impossible for detainees to comprehend what the conduct constituting a penalty offense actually consists of,” Landerman states. “Detainees are routinely penalized for rule violations which are taken completely out of context or utilized to harass and intimidate detainees who file lawsuits and grievances.”

Landerman’s complaint is scheduled to come before a judge Aug. 28.

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