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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Convict charged in '01 slaying of handyman

Two years ago at his drug trafficking sentencing, federal prosecutors argued strongly that Adalberto "Sabu" Santiago was a dangerous man capable of brutal murder.
At the time, prosecutors presented a letter intercepted by prison authorities that they argued proved he was part of a chilling 2004 suffocation and dismemberment of a Northwest Side cellphone store owner.
On Wednesday, Santiago stood before a Cook County judge for yet another slaying, this time on charges he killed Ramon Torres, 41, during a home invasion in February 2001.
Santiago, 46, already serving a 20-year sentence for his 2009 drug trafficking conviction, now faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of the cold-case murder of the handyman in the 2500 block of North Drake Avenue.
While an accomplice ransacked a bedroom, Santiago held the victim in the bathtub and stabbed and shot him repeatedly, Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Morley. Police found a knife as well as a semi-automatic handgun and four spent shell casings at the scene.
Santiago's DNA, entered into a national database after his drug trafficking conviction, matched evidence recovered from the bloody scene.
Santiago was later interviewed at a federal prison in Oxford, Wis., but denied involvement in the slaying.
A reputed leader in the Spanish Cobras, Santiago was never charged in the 2004 kidnapping and murder in which store owner Jesus Colon was slain after the plot went awry.
As many as 10 people were suspected of participating in the kidnapping, including Santiago's brother, Alejandro, who is also serving a drug trafficking sentence. Evidence that Alejandro Santiago was part of the plot was also introduced at his federal sentencing, but he too has not been charged in Colon's slaying.
At Adalberto Santiago's sentencing, federal prosecutors introduced detailed, chilling statements from two co-defendants to argue that he orchestrated Colon's slaying. In one statement, Jose Perez, who was convicted of the murder, described how Santiago allegedly instructed another kidnapper to cut off Colon's fingers and put them in antifreeze so the victim could not be identified through fingerprints.
Prosecutors also introduced a letter that Alejandro Santiago wrote to his brother while both were in federal prison. The handwritten note, intercepted by prison officials, discussed the slaying and a plan to try to pin the blame on Perez and a second co-defendant who was also assisting investigators.
"We haven't done all the dirt to start crying now," the brother wrote. "You will probably have to testify against me, but it's cool so put that pride away and lets (sic) do this right because there's no saving me after those (expletive) get done singing."
In the end, the federal judge did not agree that the murder should be considered as an aggravating factor against Adalberto Santiago and declined to boost his sentence for that reason.


Anonymous said...

Just another caged monkey.

Anonymous said...

Cobra killer Hope you no good for nothing Spanish Cobra pieces of shit .Worthless human beings.Hope you rot in jail the only way you'll ever get out is in a prison body bag.Trick ass fullerton and Tripp bitches.Rot in jail you Puerto rican monkey.You cobras be getting treated in jail.Your kids will reap the pain.

Anonymous said...

Yeah fuck cobras.... Diego and smooth from Fullerton and Tripp are snitches..... Fuckin stool pigeons.....

Anonymous said...

Damm they got caugth up. Eventualy everything gets found out