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Sheriff’s police: Man in jail for sexual assault of girl tried to have her killed

Brian Thurman. Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Brian Thurman. Photo/Cook County Sheriff's Office.

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A man in custody at Cook County Jail for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl allegedly attempted to solicit someone to have her, her 16-year-old sister and their mother killed, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office said on Saturday.

Brian Thurman, 28, of Melrose Park, was charged on January 13 with predatory criminal sexual assault after sheriff’s police investigated allegations that Thurman sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl at a motel in unincorporated Leyden Township, a release from the sheriff’s office said. Bond was set at $480,000 and Thurman was in custody at Cook County Jail.

On January 29, sheriff’s police began an investigation after Thurman allegedly requested the assistance of another inmate and known gang member to hire someone to murder the victim and her family.

On January 30, Thurman was provided with a telephone number, which he believed was number of a hitman, the sheriff’s office said. The “hitman” was actually an undercover Cook County Sheriff’s investigator. Thurman contacted the investigator who he believed to be a hitman and told him he needed three people killed, the sheriff’s office said. Thurman offered to give the hitman his car and $8,000 upon his release from jail, according to the release.

This past Monday, February 4, Thurman was visited in the Cook County Jail by the supposed hitman. During the visit

Thurman allegedly solicited the murder of the 11-year-old, her 16-year-old sister and their mother, “as soon as possible,” the release said. Thurman told the hitman where he could pick up his Mercury Mountaineer SUV and again promised to pay him $8,000 once he was released from custody.

Thurman has been charged with three counts of murder for hire and three counts of solicitation of murder for hire, both Class X felonies, the release said.

Thurman was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing at 26th and California on Sunday on these charges.

During their investigation sheriff’s detectives learned that Thurman has associated with young girls before and that young girls had been seen around his Leyden Township motel room. Thurman has been known to frequent Chicago’s Northwest side and the Mannheim Road area, as well, sheriff’s police said. Sheriff’s police ask that anyone with additional information about Thurman to call sheriff’s detectives, at (708) 865-4896.

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