Police: Murder Plot Foiled in Cook County Jail

While incarcerated in the Cook County Jail, inmate Brian Thurman tried hiring someone to kill his 11-year-old accuser, her 16-year-old sister and mother as he faces predatory criminal sexual assault charges.


A Cook County Jail inmate promised his car and money to what he believed was a hit man, to have his 11-year-old accuser, her sister and mother killed, according to a press release from the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

Brian Thurman, 28, of Melrose Park was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault against the girl, for allegedly assaulting her in an unincorporated Leyden Township motel on January 13, the release stated. Leyden Township extends northward into Park Ridge.

While he was in custody at the jail, he asked another inmate to murder the family members.   

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On January 30, Thurman was given the phone number of what he believed was a hit man, who was actually an undercover Cook County Sheriff's investigator.

According to the release, during a susequent conversation, Thurman promised the supposed hit-man his Mercury Mountaineer and $8,000 to commit the murders. 

Then, on February 4, the undercover investigator visited Thurman at Cook County Jail, where he requested the hit be done as soon as possible, and again promised the money and the vehicle for the job to be done, according to the release. 

Thurman now faces three counts of Murder for Hire, and three counts of Solicitation of Murder, which are both Class X felonies. 

A bond hearing is scheduled for February 10 at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. 

Sheriff's detectives are asking for tips from the public regarding other young girls who have frequented the motel room in unincorporated Leyden Township in the Mannheim Road area. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cook County Sheriff's Detective Unit at (708) 865-4896. 

Information was provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office. 

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