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One defendant pleads guilty in Hickory Street murder case

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:05 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – One of the four suspects accused in the 2013 Hickory Street killings has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will testify against the other defendants.

Alisa R. Massaro, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of robbery and two counts of concealing a homicide before Judge Gerald Kinney in exchange for murder charges against her being dropped. Massaro was sentenced to 10 years in prison – five years on each robbery charge. The three-year sentences on the concealment charges will be served at the same time.

“It is a condition of the [plea] arrangement that she will truthfully testify for the state in the other cases,” defense attorney George Lenard said.

Massaro declined to say anything when Kinney accepted her guilty plea and the judge said little as well, noting the gag order he imposed to “limit the sensationalism” surrounding the case.

“But given the ... serious nature of this case, I find it is appropriate to run these sentences consecutively,” Kinney said.

Massaro has already served about a year-and-a-half in jail and could have her time behind bars reduced further with good behavior.

Massaro hosted the small party in Joliet where Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins, both 22, were killed in January 2013. They were killed at Massaro’s house in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street.

Joshua F. Miner, 25, Adam M. Landerman, 20, and Bethany L. McKee, 19, who are facing murder charges, are expected to appear Friday before Kinney. The Will County State’s Attorney wants to try the remaining defendants separately.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Walsh said the four suspects conspired to invite Glover and Rankins over the night before their deaths and rob them of money and drugs.

“[Massaro] spoke with one of them on the phone and enticed them to come over,” Walsh said.

When the two men came over, they were strangled by Miner and Landerman outside McKee and Massaro’s presence, but while they were at the house, Walsh said.

The suspects allegedly remained at the house for hours “partying and playing video games,” according to authorities. Massaro also didn’t tell her father about the murders while he was there, Walsh said. The suspects allegedly planned to get rid of the bodies, but McKee’s father called the police when she left the house and called him for advice.

Some of the victims’ family members attended Massaro’s plea hearing, but declined to speak with the media afterward. None of Massaro’s family attended.

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