CPS Student Charged With Murder For Hire Plot

Updated 02/16/11 – 2:58 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 17-year-old Chicago Public Schools student, who was already in jail for burglary, has been charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill a witness to the burglary he is accused of committing.

Juan Vanga, a junior and football player at George Washington High School, is charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire, and one count of solicitation of murder, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

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“ ‘I need this bitch gone,’ ” Juan Vanga told a fellow Cook County Jail inmate of the 17-year-old who was crouched in the closet when he broke into the south suburban residence in January, Asst State’s Atty. Matthew Thrun said at a bond hearing Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Vanga was being held in the Cook County Jail after being charged in January with burglarizing a home.

Last week, Cook County sheriff’s investigators found out Vanga had been talking with another inmate about the impact the death of a key witness would have on the case, according to the State’s Attorney’s office

Vanga allegedly discussed finding a way to make the death look like a “carjacking,” or having the witness “kidnapped, raped and dumped in a creek,” prosecutors said. The other inmate suggested that he could get Vanga in touch with his brother if he wanted the woman killed, prosecutors said.

Vanga wrote out his name and jail identification number on a piece of paper and asked the other inmate to give it to his brother, but the inmate instead tipped off jail authorities, prosecutors said.

The inmate then gave Vanga a phone number he said was to his hit man brother, but it really belonged to an undercover sheriff’s officer. Vanga allegedly told the undercover officer he would pay $1,500 to have the woman killed, in several different conversations, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Vanga could face 20 years in prison.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • TiredOfDumbYoungPeopleLikeHim

    This is confirmation that habitual criminals are dumb. This guy works to commit a burglary, gets caught, and then works his way into a solicitation of murder for hire charge. I’m glad to see that the Chicago Public Schools are still putting out excellence students.

  • Sgt Friday

    he was a “honor student”…would have had his GED in nine months …he was turning his life around…watch, wait for all them Ashland Ave. Preachers to rally for this (thug) youth……Just the Facts.

  • GWHS2011

    I LOVE CPS!!!!!!

  • knappydawg

    He must be innnocent he isn’t smiling!! I wasn’t near that smart at 17, I thought working summers in a canning factory was the way to success. Never thought to just take what I wanted from others. Of course wouldn’t need the police, justice department or jail, my “parents” would have taken turns giving me a little loving “attention”. Guess no one thought of that in this guy’s home, Oh sorry no parenting required, just need a village!!!

    • Barack

      Huh? Village what?

  • knappydawg

    You know “Village”, a Hillery Clinton intelect comment..

  • brett

    How dumb can one realy be even a current student come on dont even tell me that he robbed someone to support his aimly that is such bs. And to be dumb enough to try to hire a hat man while in prison when does common sense develop in a teen. Or any kind of sense i think we shouldnt even waste or time or money on a trial i know its his wright but its pretty cut and dry.

  • knappydawg

    Common sense? Rather depends on the neighborhood and family structure, somewhere between 25 and never!!

  • blondiee

    i used to date this boy when i was in 8th gradee, how crazy im still in shock ! we are still friends but i havent talked to him in like 3 months, hope hes doing alright, free juan !

  • savetheworld

    another incident at Washington? is crazy there

  • sweetz

    Maaaaan this guy is a gud kid at heart. Made sum dumb mistakes and is now paying for them. But in the end will understand the severity of his actions. Diz dude is still and will always be missed. Free jeezy=/

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