Cops: Jail Inmate Orders Hit On Woman He Harassed

CHICAGO (STMW) — A Buffalo Grove man just weeks away from completing a short jail sentence for domestic violence-related charges was ordered held on $1 million bond Saturday, after he attempted to arrange for the murder of his victim.

Judge Ramon Ocasio ordered Mikhail “Mike” Gelzin, held on $1 million bond on Saturday during a hearing in Cook County Criminal Court, according to a court clerk.

Gelzin, who was charged with solicitation of murder for hire, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Feb. 10, according to the clerk.

A release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office said Gelzin 53, of Buffalo Grove, has been serving a 180-day sentence for repeatedly violating the terms of an order of protection filed against him after a 2009 domestic battery arrest in north suburban Wilmette. Since that initial incident, Wilmette police have arrested Gelzin for calling, e-mailing and driving past the home of his victim.

Gelzin, who has been serving that sentence in a minimum-security division of the Cook County Jail, was initially set to appear in court again on March 2 and could have seen his jail term end after that hearing, the release said.

But investigators with the Cook County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit learned Gelzin was actively seeking someone to kill the woman he had been arrested for battering and harassing, the release said.

CIU — an investigative unit based at the jail — arranged for an undercover officer to pose as a hitman and communicate with Gelzin. On Thursday, Gelzin agreed to provide the officer with $15,000 in cash in exchange for the murder of the woman. Later, Gelzin asked to negotiate the price down and finally agreed to pay the officer $12,000, the release said.

Gelzin, who was born in Russia, said he planned to flee the country and live overseas as soon as he left jail.

He will now be re-classified to a maximum security division of the jail while he is awaiting trial, due to the severity of the new criminal charge filed against him, the release said.

Solicitation of murder for hire is a class X felony, the most serious criminal charge in the State of Illinois, and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted.

  • Average Guy

    The victim is lucky Mr. Gelzin has poor organizational skills.

    1. Get out of jail.
    2. Leave the country.
    3. Put hit out on victim.

    • Bob Hamilton

      1) Get out of jail
      2) Leave the country
      3) Find a new girlfriend

  • Fast Ed

    He needed and aliby, thus the reason for doing it before exiting jail.

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  • Thump

    Russia has some smart scientist , he obviously not one !

  • Fed up

    Dumb Ruskie thought he was ordering a pizza.

  • the TRUF

    we need to ship these mofos back and let their gubermint support them.

  • the TRUF

    I say we start with any mexican with a parking ticket

  • idunno

    Do they have vodka in cook county ?

  • amigo

    what does mexicans have to do with this dummy. who is going to cut your grass if you get rid of us

  • cold

    Multiple sclerosis victim and welfare recipient, was left dry and dumped by his wife(Wilmette resident). Guy doesn’t have much time left to live. Sad story…

  • horrible

    the Wilmette resident is his wife who kicked him out of the house after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She left him penniless. She cheated on him their whole marriage while he was working to provide for his family. The only victim here is him

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