Kankakee County State’s Attorney calls for Feds to seek death penalty for cop killer suspects

Darius D. Sullivan (left) and Xandria A.  Harris (right) were arrested in connection with a...
Darius D. Sullivan (left) and Xandria A. Harris (right) were arrested in connection with a shooting at an Illinois hotel that left a Bradley Police officer dead and a second officer seriously wounded.(Source: Illinois State Police)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 10:52 PM CST
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KANKAKEE COUNTY (25 NEWS) - The Kankakee County State’s Attorney is calling on federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the two people accused of killing Bradley, Illinois Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and critically wounding a second officer last Wednesday.

Illinois does not have the death penalty, but Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said in a news release Monday there is precedence for the U.S. Attorney to also prosecute given the circumstances.

Rowe said he’s made an official request to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois and the U.S. Attorney General to consider filing federal murder charges and pursue a federal court sentence of death against Darius Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26. Rowe said he’ll continue pursuing state charges against the pair and will seek life sentences if they’re convicted.

Sulllivan and Harris are charged with fatally shooting Rittmanic, 49, and critically wounding Officer Tyler Bailey, 27, at the Comfort Inn hotel in Bradley. Rowe said Bailey continues to fight for his life.

“This is the darkest reminder of the danger that our law enforcement and first responders face on a daily basis, in every community across this globe, every single time they put on the uniform,” the state’s attorney said.

Rowe said Sullivan is fighting extradition from Indiana where he was arrested. Harris is being held without bond after she surrendered to Bradley Police.

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