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article imagePolice: Chicago woman urged grandson to kill his grandfather

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 7, 2013 in Crime
Chicago - After William Strickland, 72, was shot to death, his 19-year-old grandson was charged with his murder. Now Strickland's widow, the teen's grandmother, has been charged with convincing her grandson to kill his grandfather.
On Thursday, Chicago police arrested Janet Strickland, 64 and charged her with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the March 2 murder of her husband.
According to prosecutors, Janet told her grandson, also named William Strickland, that she was sick of her husband and wanted him dead. They discussed how to accomplish this on several occasions and after talking about hiring someone to kill the senior, the grandson volunteered to do the job himself. On a Thursday, Janet allegedly told her grandson that she wanted his grandfather dead by Saturday. The grandmother allegedly gave her grandson her husband's gun and let him use her car. All three of the Stricklands lived together.
On the Saturday, March 2, the 72-year-old left his home around 3:30 a.m. to wait for a lift to take him to his dialysis appointment. According to police, he was standing in a gangway between two houses. Two men walked up to the grandfather, robbed him, and shot him multiple times. He was declared dead at the scene. Strickland was a retired steel mill worker who had lived in the neighbourhood for more than 30 years and was described by neighbours as friendly and always ready to help somebody else out.
On the night of March 30, the grandson was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. It was alleged at that time he shot his grandfather six times and stole a bag he had that contained a wallet. It is further alleged the teen spent the money on tattoos, gyms shoes and a new cell phone. After he was arrested, the 19-year-old said he stole his grandfather's gun although now it is alleged Janet told police she had given the firearm to him.
All of the grandfather's money and assets were left to his widow. It is alleged Janet took her grandson on a shopping spree and bought him a new car as well as furnishings and other goods.
On Friday, Janet's bail was set at $500,000. In Illinois, first-degree murder is punishable by life imprisonment.
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