Inmate charged in attempt to hire hit man to kill Cook County judge, prosecutor

Jimmie Terrell Smith, 39. (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Jimmie Terrell Smith is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a Cook County judge and prosecutor.

Smith, 39, was in maximum security awaiting trial in a serial rape case. The sheriff's office said Smith wanted to pay a hit man $5,000 to kill the judge and prosecutor in that case.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office said launched an investigation in October after learning the suspect allegedly asked about hiring a hit man. An undercover sheriff's investigator began meeting with Smith in November, who the suspect thought was a hit man.

Smith was charged with solicitation for murder for hire last month, after the sheriff's office learned the details of his alleged plan.
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