Trial set for men charged with terrorist plot during 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the office’s first case of terrorism against three men charged with plotting to commit multiple acts of violence during the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.

Brian Church, 25, Jared Chase, 29, and Brent Betterly, 25, are charged with Providing Material Support for Terrorism, Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism, Possession of an Incendiary Device, and Solicitation to Commit Arson.

According to charging documents, the three defendants made plans to destroy police cars and attack four Chicago Police district stations with destructive devices, and sought to undermine the police response to the conspirators’ other planned actions for the NATO Summit. Some of the proposed targets included the Campaign Headquarters of President Obama, the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and certain downtown financial institutions.

Jack Blakey, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, will lead the prosecution team and will be joined by veteran prosecutor, Tom Biesty, Supervisor of the Organized Crime/Cold Case/Human Trafficking Unit and Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Thrun.

Cook County Judge Thaddeus Wilson will preside over the case.

Opening statements for the jury trial are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago in courtroom 606.