Read the letters from Adrian Gabriel to Joel Brodsky alleging that he plotted to set up Drew Peterson in murder-for-hire charges

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UPDATE 2/26/15: Joel Brodsky has tweeted that Adrian Gabriel’s cell was searched by the Department of Corrections yesterday, and the notes he referenced in his letter, allegedly written by Antonio Smith, were seized.
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Here are the letters that Joel Brodsky posted today on his professional Facebook page. In them, inmate Adrian Gabriel alleges that he and another inmate plotted to set up Drew Peterson with solicitation for murder charges while behind bars.

This is the shorter, initial letter that Gabriel refers to in the longer letter above:

OPINION: Having read the letters my response is that one man’s set-up is another man’s sting.

Also, it seems to me that Mr. Gabriel was all for participating in this sting until he realized that he was not going to benefit the way he had hoped. He then turned and tried to appeal to the other side and when Steve Greenberg wouldn’t indulge him, he then turned to Joel Brodsky, who can always be counted on to go to the media and get his face on the air, and simultaneously trash Steve Greenberg.

BTW, there’s no way I can read all that vitriol flung at Greenberg and not suspect that Brodsky is involved in this beyond simply receiving a couple letters. Funny, he didn’t mention in his WGN interview that he also spoke by phone with Gabriel.

Also, how did Gabriel manage to obtain Steve Greenberg’s personal cell phone number?

A new story by Joe Hosey, details the crimes that put Adrian Gabriel behind bars. This is NOT a nice guy:

Brodsky’s pen pal was sent to prison for a 2002 “horrifying anti-homosexual hate crime,” according to a story in the Northwest Indiana Times. At the age of 15, Gabriel and three others held a gay man and a gay teen at gunpoint and forced them to perform a variety of sexual acts, the story said.

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, Gabriel and his accomplices also made the man perform sex acts on them. The man was then sodomized with a broomstick.

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30 thoughts on “Read the letters from Adrian Gabriel to Joel Brodsky alleging that he plotted to set up Drew Peterson in murder-for-hire charges

  1. Too funny!! More fire for JB against SG! I smell a rat, and he’s not in prison! Also, look carefully at the handwritten letter and then at the signature. To me it seems a left-handed person wrote the letter, but a right-handed person signed it. If so, obviously someone else knows this whole story too.

  2. I’m not sure, but if Steven Greenberg had alerted Peterson about the wire-wearing inmate, couldn’t he have been charged with obstructing an investigation?

    Also, isn’t this just the kind of thing that Drew was involved with when he went undercover for the elite M.A.N.S squad? If he isn’t savvy enough to realize that fellow inmates might be wired and dumb enough to be part of a plot to kill the State’s Attorney, then he has no one to blame but himself.

  3. It is weird that Gabriels’s signature is so different from his handwriting. I also find it odd that he adds parentheticals to his numbers, i.e., three (3) which seems very legalese. But then he’s got a long rap sheet of awful crimes so maybe he’s very used to that.

  4. Here’s his rap sheet:

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    INTERNET INMATE STATUS
    AS OF: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    R63648 – GABRIEL, ADRIAN
    Parent Institution: STATEVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
    Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
    Location: STATEVILLE
    Sex Offender Registry Required

    PHYSICAL PROFILE
    Date of Birth: 11/10/1987
    Weight: 179 lbs.
    Hair: Black
    Sex: Male
    Height: 5 ft. 06 in.
    Race: Hispanic
    Eyes: Brown

    MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
    TATTOO, HAND, LEFT – “NYDIA”

    ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
    Admission Date: 07/31/2007
    Projected Parole Date: 08/30/2043
    Projected Discharge Date: 09/12/2050

    SENTENCING INFORMATION
    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASLT/THREAT LIFE
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/FELONY
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 8 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: X
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: AGG KIDNAPING/INFLICT HARM
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 15 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

    MITTIMUS: 02CR3035501
    CLASS: 4
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: HATE CRIME
    CUSTODY DATE: 11/12/2002
    SENTENCE: 3 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

  5. Wow. This is NOT a nice guy.

    According to a story by Joe Hosey:

    Brodsky’s pen pal was sent to prison for a 2002 “horrifying anti-homosexual hate crime,” according to a story in the Northwest Indiana Times. At the age of 15, Gabriel and three others held a gay man and a gay teen at gunpoint and forced them to perform a variety of sexual acts, the story said.

    According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, Gabriel and his accomplices also made the man perform sex acts on them. The man was then sodomized with a broomstick.

  6. Assistant State’s Attorney William Kelly said in court that Rodriguez, Gabriel and two others approached two gay men on the 3500 block of West Beach Avenue and berated them with anti-homosexual slurs. Rodriguez and Gabriel then drew guns, and the four men took the alleged victims to an abandoned garage nearby, Kelly said.

    In the garage, Kelly said, the four assailants robbed the victims and forced the juvenile victim, who is 15, to perform sex on them and with the adult victim, who is 25. Two of the attackers then took the younger victim to his home and demanded that he go inside and get them money, prosecutors said.

    When the boy did not return, the assailants left, Kelly said.

    Back at the garage, the two other attackers used a tube of caulk and a broomstick to assault the adult victim before pouring paint on him and letting him go, Kelly said.

  7. By the way, this is Joel Brodsky’s comment accompanying the letters on Facebook:

    Here is a copy of the second letter I received from Inmate Adrian Gabriel about Drew Peterson’s set-up and entrapment. The first letter, which I received at the same time as this second letter, is in the following post.

    I received these letters from inmate Adrian Gabriel regarding how my former client Drew Peterson was entrapped into allegedly committing the offense of Solicitation Of Murder for trying to hire a hit man to kill Will County States Attorney James Glasgow. I have already sent copies to the Randolph County Public Defender’s office, the attorneys who represent Mr. Peterson in his current case. I received both of these letters from Mr. Gabriel on February 20, 2015, in the same envelope (a copy of which is also attached). Even though one (1) letter is dated January 16, 2015, and the second (2nd) letter is dated February 16, 2015, I did not receive either letter until February 20, 2015. I have spoken to Mr. Gabriel on the telephone on three (3) occasions. The first was on February 13, 2015, and the other two (2) times were after I received the letters. Mr. Gabriel has been forthright in saying that he was initially part of the discussions regarding setting Mr. Peterson up, along with his then cellmate Antonio Smith, but that he switched sides after he was discarded by his cellmate/snitch and the prosecutors who were scheming to set Mr. Peterson up. Those plotting states attorneys and law enforcement may have thought that Adrian Gabriel was just another dumb hick, but he was more cunning than all of them put together. He actually got the stoolie, Antonio Smith, to write out the entire plot in a series of jailhouse notes (known as kites in the jailhouse vernacular), which Mr. Gabriel is ready to turn over to Mr. Peterson’s team of public defenders as soon as they ask. This has the prosecutors in a real bind because they know that even though Mr. Gabriel and his notes can blow their scheme sky high, they can’t do anything about it because if anything were to happen to Mr. Gabriel or those notes, not only would there be a big investigation, with people going to prison for obstruction of justice, but in addition to that Mr. Peterson would get a “get out of jail free” card.

    Also, what I find interesting is that Drew Peterson’s current attorney, Steve Greenberg, was made aware that Peterson was the subject of a scheme to entrap him several months before Peterson was indicted, and he did nothing to warn his client, or even caution him that people he trusts may be trying to set him up, and to be aware. A warning, or even just some simple lawyerly advise, would have been enough to save his client from a charge that would guarantee that Peterson would never get out of prison. So why didn’t Attorney Steven Greenberg warn his client, Drew Peterson? Mr. Gabriel gives his own opinion regarding Attorney Greenberg in his letters, and I can’t say that I disagree, except I might not have used such colorful language. In the past I have said that in my opinion Attorney Steve Greenberg is a pathological narcissist who doesn’t care about anyone except himself, even at the expense of his client Drew Peterson. I wonder, do his actions in this matter prove my diagnosis correct?

    Also, what Adrian Gabriel’s story says about States Attorney James Glasgow is just as telling. When interviewed about the alleged murder for hire plot by Mr. Peterson, according to CNN, States Attorney Glasgow said, “It is unfortunate that prosecutors sometimes must deal with allegations of this nature. However, in no way will a threat to my personal safety deter me from the important work I perform as the State’s Attorney on behalf of the citizens of Will County.” Now we find out from Mr. Adrian Gabriel that States Attorney Glasgow was never ever in any real danger because there was no murder for hire plot until Glasgow himself, along with a legion of other prosecutors and law enforcement, wired up the snitch Antonio Smith and sent him back to Menard Correctional Center to entrap Mr. Peterson into talking about having Glasgow killed. Why States Attorney Glasgow, who certainly has faced down some real evil hard case characters in his career, had to resort to this false bravado I don’t know, but it kind of reminds me of Bill O’Reilly saying that he was in the Falkland’s war zone, when he was really in a five star hotel in Buenos Aries.

    By the way, and for the record, I do not represent Mr. Adrian Gabriel, nor has he asked me to represent him. Also, Mr. Gabriel is not asking for anything in return for assisting Mr. Peterson, nor has he ever asked for anything in exchange for helping out Peterson. However, Mr. Gabriel has claimed to me that he was falsely convicted, and if any enterprising journalist wants to dig into his conviction, I am sure he would be grateful.

  8. Hilarious to me that this Adrian chap sounds like he hates Greenberg as much as JB does. LOL!
    Another detail that gives it away to me is how the solicitation for murder is just like Drew: it was someone else’s idea.

    Where are all the tiny violins when you need one?

  9. Drew Peterson, take note.

    Man convicted for trying to hire hitman to kill prosecutor
    Posted: Feb 26, 2015 5:33 PM CST
    Updated: Feb 26, 2015 5:34 PM CST

    CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) –
    A man faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of trying to recruit a hit man to murder the Cook County assistant state’s attorney who had prosecuted him for sexually assaulting a child…

    …On Feb. 13, 2013, Carreon placed a call from jail to someone he thought he could hire for the killing, prosecutors said. The individual was actually an undercover officer and when the officer later visited Carreon at the jail, Carreon said he would pay $25,000 to kill the prosecutor.

    Prosecutors said Carreon also wrote a letter to the undercover officer, containing a physical description of the prosecutor as well as the courtroom and date of sentencing in his sexual assault case.

    In the letter, Carreon wrote “two to the head is what I want,” prosecutors said.

    On Feb. 21, the undercover officer again visited Carreon and had him identify a picture of the prosecutor and “finalize” the deal to commit murder for $25,000, prosecutors said.

  10. This is pretty priceless. From the lips of Joel Brodsky:

    “There’s a statement …one of the letters say…is Antonio saying…Gabriel saying that Antonio Smith told him that Drew Peterson told him that he put Stacy’s body in Lake Michigan. But doesn’t really go into much de…just flat out says it…doesn’t go into any detail about it but that’s what he says. Whether that’s true or not I have no idea.

    😯

  11. Sheriff’s Office outlines Peterson guidelines
    Media and public to be included in separate courtroom lotteries
    By Pete Spitler
    The Herald Tribune
    Posted Feb. 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office released the “People v. Drew Peterson Court Operational Plan” on Friday.

    The plan is intended to establish rules and guidelines for both media and the public in regard to Tuesday’s 10 a.m. preliminary court appearance for Drew Peterson at the Randolph County Courthouse.

    “We’ve been working in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office to develop a plan for the large amount of media that usually follows this guy,” said Randolph County Sheriff Shannon Wolff during Friday’s meeting of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners. “We’re weren’t hoping to do a lottery for the preliminary hearing, but (the attention) is picking up steam.”

    Members of the public who wish to attend the hearing must report to the fourth floor of the courthouse by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday to submit their names to the Sheriff’s Office to qualify for a random lottery selection.

    At 9 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office will conduct a random lottery and notify the selected entrants. All members of the media and general public must enter the main courthouse doors on the northeast side of the building and proceed through security.
    “We are required to have some seats available for the prosecution, defense and sketch artists,” Wolff said.

    No electronics – including cell phones, laptops, cameras or other audio or visual equipment – will be permitted inside the courthouse. Proper attire (no offensive/prejudicial clothing) will be required.

    Questions concerning courthouse operations, parking and logistics should be directed to Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Deputy Donnie Krull at DrewPetersonCourt@randolphco.org or 618-826-5484 extension 504.

    Peterson, 61, made his initial appearance at the Randolph County Courthouse on Feb. 9 on charges of one count of solicitation of murder for hire and one count of solicitation of murder, both Class X felonies.

    The charges are related to an alleged plot to kill Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow, who prosecuted Peterson’s murder case. According to the Attorney General’s office, Peterson allegedly tried to orchestrate the plot between September 2013 and December 2014.

    Peterson is being charged in Randolph County. The solicitation for murder charge carries a penalty of 15 to 30 years, while the solicitation of murder for hire carries a penalty of 20 to 40 years, according to Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    The former Bolingbrook police sergeant is currently serving a 38-year sentence at Menard Correctional Center after being convicted in 2012 for the 2004 murder of his third wife, 40-year-old Kathleen Savio.

  12. I am perplexed by this whole circus….again.

    By the way, in the shorter letter he has that he obtained Mr. Greensburg’s personal cell phone number and then gives it. Shouldn’t that be black out?

  13. This explains why there was no Grand Jury and indictment leading up to the charges:

    With a population of just 33,000, Randolph County does not use grand juries to secure indictments. Instead, defendants receive preliminary hearings in which prosecutors outline their evidence and a judge decides whether there’s probable cause to allow the case to move forward.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-drew-peterson-solicitation-hearing-20150303-story.html

  14. Appearing in a Randolph County courtroom on Tuesday morning, Peterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing, so though two FBI agents had been subpoenaed to testify, no testimony was heard in the Randolph County courtroom.

    He appeared in court wearing a white short-sleeved dress shirt, black pants and white sneakers, with his legs shackled. He rubbed marks on his wrists, presumably left by handcuffs.

    His next scheduled court appearance is April 14. Prosecutors filed a notice indicating that an eavesdropping device was used to overhear and record Peterson’s conversations in prison.

    Judge also granted an order prohibiting Peterson’s attorneys and prosecutors from disclosing to the public any evidence in the case.

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/409932/drew-peterson-back-court-murder-hire-plot

  15. Case history update: People’s Motion for an in Camera Hearing and a Discovery Protective Order on file. Notice of Eavesdropping Device Transaction on file.

  16. Defendant present with Attorney Lucas Liefer; SA Jeremy Walker present;

    Defendant waived preliminary hearing, formal reading and plead not guilty;

    Case Management Conference set 4-14-15, 10am;

    case placed on July 2015 Jury Docket;

    Steve Nate from AG’s Office argues motion for protective order; motion granted;

    SA’s Office to prepare order; subpoena for master file to be sealed.

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