Kankakee County prosecutors want the Fed to step in and seek the death penalty for defendants who killed one Bradley police officer, injured another

Kinkky, Ill (CBS) – The Kankakee County state attorney’s office on Monday asked federal prosecutors to review cases against two defendants that killed a Bradley police officer and injured another, and federal prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty. also asked to do.

Darius Sullivan, 25, and Zandria Harris, 26, were both charged in Wednesday night’s shooting, which killed Bradley Police Sgt. Marlene Reitmanick, 49, and Officer Tyler Bailey, 27, sustained their accomplices, grievously injured.

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Prosecutors also said Monday that Sullivan likely shot Ritmanick to death with his own service weapon as he pleaded for his life.

On Monday, Kankakee County State Attorney Jim Rowe submitted an official request to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois to review the first-degree murder cases against Sullivan and Harris for possible federal charges, and both defendants. to pursue a federal death penalty. ,

“I think it’s a long shot, but I can’t blame him for trying,” CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller told CBS 2’s Germont Terry Monday night.

County prosecutors noted that Illinois does not have the death penalty at the state level, but “under these circumstances the Attorney General of the United States may authorize a petition seeking the death penalty in a federal murder case.”

Kanekee prosecutors will seek life sentences against Sullivan and Harris on state charges they have been charged with first-degree murder of a police officer and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, among other counts Is.

Kankaki prosecutors noted that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has previously pursued the death penalty for a law enforcement officer, and pursued it in non-death-penalty states.

Sergeant Rittmann was shot dead last week after answering barking calls from dogs in an abandoned car, which is located at 1500 N. in Bradley, Illinois. Was at the Comfort Inn Hotel on Illinois Highway 50.

Bailey was also shot and was in critical condition.

In a motion, Kankaki prosecutors said Rittmanik and Bailey were called to the hotel to complain of barking dogs that had been left in a guest’s car. Prosecutors said Bailey drove the license plate of the car with the barking dogs and found it belonged to Harris.

Bailey entered the hotel and met with Ritmann. Prosecutors said Bailey asked if a room had been booked under Harris or Sullivan’s name, and the clerk told him and Ritmanick that room 308 was booked under Sullivan’s name, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Ritmanick and Bailey went to room 308 with the intention of issuing a ticket against Harris for local noise ordinance violations and arresting Sullivan on a warrant against him for causing barking dogs.

The officers first knocked on the door of Room 308, but there was no response. When the officers knocked again, Bailey announced that it was the police, adding that they needed to address the complaint about the dogs. Prosecutors said Harris, who was pregnant at the time, told behind the door that she would leave the room.

Prosecutors said Bailey knocked for a third time and asked Harris if she was coming out. Prosecutors said he waited and kept knocking, while Harris said he had to get ready, and claimed he, his sister and some children were in the room.

Finally, after 14 minutes, Harris opened the hotel room door, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said she was tired of squeezing and closing the back of the door to prevent officers from arresting Sullivan — who was also in the room.

After prosecutors said Bailey and Ritmanick asked Harris to stop closing the door, Sullivan came from around the room holding a 9mm handgun with a drum clip. Prosecutors said Sullivan shot Bailey in the head, and then fired the first shot at Ritmanick as he tried to move out of his range.

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Prosecutors said Sullivan followed Rittmanick down the hallway and pinned him against a door. Prosecutors said his gun jammed at the time, and he began trying to open his gun with his left hand, while also trying to deactivate Reitmanik with the other.

In the midst of the conflict, Harris walked down the hallway and told Sullivan to “cock the gun.” Sullivan regains the hold of Sgt. Ritmann’s gun, prosecutors said.

Sullivan and Harris then stood on top of Ritmanick lying on the floor – having already been shot once. Prosecutors said that up to this point, Harris was holding Sullivan’s gun, while Reitmanick’s duty weapon was in Sullivan’s hand. Prosecutors said Sullivan fired two shots at Ritmanick, believed to be his own weapon – while Harris handed Sullivan some keys and told him to leave.

Prosecutors said Sullivan then fired the final fatal shots at Ritmann.

“Sergeant Ritmanik was begging her to leave, you don’t have to, please just go, please don’t, she was desperately pleading for her life,” prosecutors said.

Rittmann died the same evening. Bradley remained in critical condition on Monday.

Warrants were issued for Sullivan and Harris in connection with Ritmanick’s death. Sullivan is arrested in rural northeastern Indiana and charged with first-degree murder, while Harris later turns himself in.

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Sullivan’s mother, Nickel Newton-Carroll, and her brother, Jalmaine Sullivan, were also arrested during the investigation. He is accused of obstructing justice and harboring a fugitive. Newton-Carroll’s charges of lying to officers are based out of Newton County, Indiana, while Jalmaine Sullivan is charged with transporting her brother from Kankakee County to Wabash, Indiana in hopes of fleeing.

Sullivan has a criminal record in Kankakee County, including a 2015 burglary charge with a guilty plea. He was also charged with theft in 2018 and the case is open. He was also charged with rape battery earlier this year.

“This case is really what I would call the poster child as to why the death penalty should be there,” Miller said.

But the death penalty is outlawed in Illinois, and Miller pointed out that 99 percent of homicide cases are tried at the state level. The Cook County state attorney’s office did not seek federal charges in the murder of Chicago police officer Ella French last year, nor did we see the U.S. attorney’s move to CPD CMDR in 2018. Paul Bauer was shot and killed while chasing a suspect at the Thompson Center.

So why is the Bradley case any different?

“For the Fed to be involved, there has to be some federal jurisdiction attached to the murder case,” Miller said. “In this particular case, I think he is trying to get the maximum punishment possible.”

Such was the case in 2017, when Yingying Zheng, a University of Illinois student, was kidnapped and murdered. Miller explained that the death penalty was originally on the table for the killer, Brent Christensen, who was later sentenced to life in prison.

“If you kill someone during the kidnapping, that creates a federal charge,” Miller said.

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There is a push by some in Congress to make the murder of a state or local law enforcement officer a federal crime, but it has not progressed.