A judge today in Maywood sentenced a former probation officer to 20 years in prison after prosecutors said he gave a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife, authorities said.
Judge Noreen Love handed down the 20-year sentence to Michael Dickerson, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
In Nov. 2011, Judge Love found Dickerson, then 47, guilty of solicitation for murder for hire during a bench trial, according to Simonton.
According to prosecutors, Dickerson went to the home of a man in 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 unbeknownst to Dickerson, the would-be hit man approached his lawyer about the offer and the lawyer and his client met on May 27, 2010, 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.
Dickerson was a 20-year veteran gang intelligence officer with the Cook County adult probation department, officials said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun