Cook County probation officer convicted of murder-for-hire

A 20-year veteran gang intelligence officer with the Cook County adult probation department was convicted today of giving a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife in 2010, authorities said.

During a bench trial that concluded today, Maywood Judge Noreen Love found Michael Dickerson, 47, guilty of solicitation for murder for hire, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Love revoked his bond in court Tuesday and officials took Dickerson into custody, said Simonton.

A sentencing date was set for Dec. 12, said Simonton.  “He faces 20 to 40 years,’’ she said.

In June, 2010, Dickerson was ordered held on $500,000 bond, after being charged with solicitation for murder for hire.

According to prosecutors Dickerson went to the home of a man on April 21, 2010 and told him, "I need someone to go away ...I need someone to go away and not come back."

At that point Dickerson provided the man with an envelope containing information about the make and model of his wife's car, a description of where the car would be parked and when it would arrive at the location. The envelope also had the would-be hit man's name written on it, prosecutors said.

But unbeknown to Dickerson, the would-be hit-man approached his lawyer about the offer and the lawyer and his client met on May 27 with members of the Cook County state's attorney's office along with Cook County sheriff's officials.

According to prosecutors Dickerson told investigators he was the beneficiary of his wife's life insurance policy and promised to pay $1,000 to the would-be killer after the woman's life insurance was paid out to him.


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