Hit man try by Zion man nets 44 years
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org October 30, 2012 6:52PM
Updated: December 30, 2012 1:23AM
A Waukegan woman was asleep in her bed when four men tied her up, demanded cash and jewelry and fled.
Police found a car after it crashed.
Roderick Golden, 50, of Zion, and items taken from the woman’s Waukegan apartment were found at the crash.
Golden and the three other men were charged with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and residential burglary. Three of the men are serving sentences in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
While Golden was in jail waiting for the home invasion case from 2010 to conclude, he tried to hire two different men to kill the woman who was the victim and her boyfriend.
Golden was before Lake County Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes for sentencing Tuesday on the solicitation of murder charge. Golden received a total of 44 years in prison.
A jury convicted him of the offense earlier this year. Golden also pleaded guilty to residential burglary Tuesday.
“The reason this case happened was designed to undermine the integrity of our judicial process. The jury found that you wanted a person killed to beat a case. That goes to the core of the judicial process,” Shanes said.
Golden faced a maximum of 40 years in prison and a minimum of 20 years for solicitation of murder. Charges of home invasion and aggravated kidnapping were dropped in exchange for pleading guilty to residential burglary and a 10-year prison sentence.
Golden will serve the 10 years after he is finished serving the 34 years for solicitation of murder.
Assistant State’s Attorney Reginald Mathews asked Shanes to sentence Golden to 35 years in prison.
“What the defendant engaged in was dangerous. It had very dangerous potential,” Mathews said.
Golden “laughed and giggled and joked” about the Waukegan woman’s demise when he tried to hire a hit man, Mathews said. The woman was five months pregnant at the time Golden tried to have her killed.
“He believed she should die because she was going to testify against him,” Mathews said.
Golden has been in Wisconsin prisons seven times for various offenses from the early 1980s, including burglary, armed robbery, operating a vehicle without an owner’s consent and two sex assaults. His first Illinois case was failing to register as a sex offender in 2010, Mathews said.
Defense attorney John Murphy said his client has recurring mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
“I think he believes he didn’t believe what he was asking for,” Murphy said in reference to the murder for hire plot.
Murphy had argued at Golden’s trial that Golden’s attempts to hire a hit man were based in fantasy and a joke. The jury convicted Golden of most of the solicitation counts, but not all of them.
Shanes will hear a motion to reconsider the sentence on Nov. 13.
The three men who are serving time in prison for the 2010 home invasion are:
Tyrone Watt, 45, serving 26 years at Lawrence Correctional Center with a projected parole date of June 8, 2025.
Kevin Martin, 42, serving 21 years at Shawnee Correctional Center with a projected parole date of Aug. 21, 2020.
George Bates, 42, serving 21 years at Pinckneyville Correctional Center with a projected parole date of Aug. 24, 2020, according to Illinois Department of Corrections.