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Woman commissioned grandson to kill his grandfather: authorities

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Janet Strickland / Chicago Police.

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Updated: May 8, 2013 7:03AM

A 64-year-old woman allegedly commissioned her grandson to kill her husband as he awaited a ride to a dialysis appointment last month because she was “sick” of him and wanted him dead, authorities said on Saturday.

Janet Strickland was not in the 26th and California courtroom as prosecutors laid out the allegations against her and a judge set bond at $500,000. She was being treated at a local hospital for chronic health problems including high blood pressure and lung disease, authorities said.

Statements from a witness led to her arrest on Thursday. It’s unclear whether the witness was her grandson, but prosecutors said he told authorities of his grandmother’s involvement and that she had on numerous occasions discussed wanting to get rid of her 72-year-old husband.

She said she was “sick” of him and wanted him dead — even discussing the plan to kill her husband days before his March 2 killing, Cook County prosecutors say the grandson told authorities.

Janet Strickland let her 19-year-old grandson take her husband’s gun, and let the teen use her car the morning of the murder, prosecutors said.

The grandson — also named William Strickland — shot his grandfather six times in the back as he emerged from the home all three shared in the 400 block of East 95th Street in the early morning hours. Janet Strickland, who looked on as her grandson allegedly opened fire, grabbed a Horseshoe Casino bag of money as he lay mortally wounded in the street, authorities said.

Janet Strickland had access to her late husband’s banking account and withdrew money to take her grandson on a shopping spree, even buying him a car, according to authorities.

Prosecutors said the younger Strickland took his grandfather’s wallet after the killing and spent money on a new phone, gym shoes and tattoos.

He was arrested a little more than a week ago and charged in the slaying. He’s being held in the Cook County jail without bail.

It was the first arrest for both.

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