Convicted ex-cop Mandell to judge: I ‘never ever bothered anyone’
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter April 15, 2014 6:54PM
Steve Mandell (left) leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in 2005 with his attorney Jon Loevy. | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: May 17, 2014 6:43AM
Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell was recently convicted of plotting to kidnap, torture and butcher a businessman in a North Side torture chamber.
But in a desperate letter to the judge who’s due to sentence him, he claims, “I have never ever bothered anyone in my entire life.
“No one! Not a soul!”
Mandell, 62, has been locked up in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center for most of the time since the FBI caught him on camera plotting his grizzly kidnap scheme in 2012.
Shocking videos played at his trial in February showed him and his accomplice Gary Engel laughing as they discussed how they’d turn their victim’s genitals into a “banana split.”
Since then, he’s been busy writing letters to police and the courts, alleging prosecutors are unfairly making sure he’s kept in solitary confinement.
During the brief time he was allowed into the MCC’s general population, he tried to solicit the murder of the key witness against him, the U.S. Attorney’s office alleges.
But Mandell wrote in a letter to Judge Amy St. Eve that was made public this week, “There is NO danger. There NEVER was a danger.”
St. Eve last week called the letter “not exactly appropriate.”
Contributing: Becky Schlikerman