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Protest planned against plea deal in murders

Updated: June 30, 2014 12:50PM



The sister of a Joliet man, slain last year in a double murder in the city, has helped organize a rally at noon Thursday to protest a recent plea deal involving one of the four defendants accused of the killings.

Alissa Massaro, 20, pleaded guilty last week to lesser charges and agreed to testify against her co-defendants in the January 2013 slayings of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, at Massaro’s father’s house, 1121 Hickory St.

Massaro pleaded to robbery and concealing a homicide and agreed to a 10-year prison term, and Will County prosecutors dropped the first-degree murder charge against her. At her plea hearing, a prosecutor said Massaro was in the house but the killings occurred outside her presence.

Massaro’s attorney said the plea agreement requires Massaro to testify against Joshua Miner, 25, Adam Landerman, 20, and Bethany McKee, 19, if called as a witness at their murder trials. At the state’s request, each will be tried separately.

“She deserves life just like the rest of them do,” Glover’s sister, Lytierra Williams, 25, said Wednesday. “They took two lives. They should get life (in prison).”

A source confirmed previously for the Chicago Sun-Times that Joliet police reports, which contain conflicting interviews with the four, allege that Miner and Massaro had sex on the victims’ bodies and that the four planned to dismember the men’s bodies before disposing of them.

Williams said she’s helping to organize the protest against the plea deal through her Facebook page and expects a large crowd outside the county courthouse in Joliet. She said those opposed to the agreement want a new judge assigned to the cases and the plea agreement nullified. Williams acknowledged that prosecutors met with her mother before the plea agreement was presented to Kinney and that her mother did not object to it.



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