Nearly three years before Joshua Miner and three others allegedly strangled two men to death in an unfathomable double murder, a young woman accused him of branding her buttocks with a swastika and an upside down cross.
The woman—Ivon Walsh, 26, of Joliet—was also identified by police as having sex with a child in a hotel room while Miner, 24, filmed it.
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Miner, along with Adam Landerman, 19, Bethany McKee, 18, and Alisa Massaro, 18, all will appear in court this afternoon for a bond hearing. They each face six counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in Massaro's 1121 N. Hickory St. home.
Three of the four accused killers have virtually no criminal past. Miner's, on the other hand, is quite extensive.
He was sent to prison for a 2010 burglary he committed on Irene Street in Joliet. Miner was sentenced to four years behind bars but got out in a matter of months after completing a Department of Corrections boot camp program.
Miner was also convicted of retail theft for stealing sneakers from a store in the Louis Joliet mall in 2007. He got four days in jail for the theft, and was also sentenced to a year of conditional discharge for a misdemeanor conviction for unauthorized videotaping.
The misdemeanor was originally filed as felony child pornography. Miner allegedly made a video recording of Walsh, then known as Ivon Gurrola, as she "placed her tongue in the vagina" of an underage girl in October 2005. Miner also videotaped a man identified only as "Jake" as he had sex with the girl, according to a criminal indictment.
Miner was 16 when he allegedly made the sex tape in a Joliet motel room. Court papers argued that child pornography is one of the crimes a juvenile cannot be charged with as an adult.
Walsh also sought a protective order against Miner in April 2009. She claimed Miner told her he was going to disembowel her and strangle her 6-month-old daughter with her intestines.
In her written statement, Walsh said, "If u yell at me again u cheating bitch I will cut your stomach open, pull out your (intestines) as you lye bleeding, make a turnakit, put it around the little bitch of a daughter that should have been mine('s) throat and hang her."
Walsh also said she had three miscarriages while being subjected to physical abuse at the hands of Miner.
"He's into bondage," she wrote in her petition. "He once taped my hand behind my back as he cut my abdominal area. He's also burned me with cigarettes and took hot metal and burned an upside down cross on my right buttocks as well as a (swastika) below that ... he had me tied to his bed and laugh(ed) at me as I squirmed."
A judge denied Walsh's petition for a protective order.
The father of one of Miner's co-defendants in the murder case also sought a protective order against him. Phillip Massaro, 44, the father of Alisa Massaro, filed a petition for an order of protection in May 2010.
Phillip Massaro accused Miner of Slamming his daughter's head against a wall, hitting her in the face and throwing her to the ground. Phillip Massaro's petition also was denied. Neither he nor Miner appeared for a later hearing.
Massaro claimed Miner attacked his daughter in the same Hickory Street house where police found the bodies of Glover and Rankins. Miner, Massaro and Landerman were playing video games with the corpses of Glover and Rankins nearby when officers arrived, police said.
Miner, Massaro, McKee and Landerman, who is the son of Joliet police Sgt. Julie Larson, allegedly lured Glover and Rankins to the Hickory Street house with the intention of robbing and murdering them. After the brutal killings, Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said, the four "continued the party atmosphere."
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