County officer convicted of murder for hire plot against wife
SUN-TIMES MEDIA November 15, 2011 9:20PM
Michael Dickerson / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office
Updated: November 15, 2011 9:20PM
A Cook County probation officer who was sued for shooting a teenager in 2008 was convicted Tuesday of offering to pay $1,000 to have his wife killed.
Michael Dickerson, 47, faces 20 to 40 years in prison after being convicted during a bench trial of solicitation of murder for hire, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. Judge Noreen Love revoked Dickerson’s bail and he was placed in custody after the conviction.
Dickerson, a former gang intelligence officer, confessed to investigators, saying his “marriage was messed up” and he “wanted out of it,” according to the state’s attorney’s office, shortly after his arrest.
On May 27, 2010, a criminal defense attorney approached the state’s attorney’s office saying Dickerson came to his client with the offer in late April 2010, officials say. The client, whom authorities did not identify, agreed to become an informant.
Investigators for the state’s attorney’s and Cook County sheriff’s office received court approval to conduct video and audio surveillance of Dickerson.
On June 5, 2010, he allegedly told the informant to shoot Dickerson’s wife, offering $1,000 if he did so. Dickerson allegedly said his wife had a life insurance policy that named Dickerson as beneficiary.
Dickerson was sued for shooting a teenager in March 2008, records show. He was driving his Mustang when he almost ran into a group of teens crossing the street, according to the suit. The teens allegedly responded by hitting the Mustang, and Dickerson argued with them near Loomis and Cullerton.
He then jumped out of the Mustang and shot one of the teens, then 14, whose family later sued Dickerson. The case was dismissed for jurisdictional reasons, but the family is still considering litigation.
Dickerson will be sentenced December 12.