Drug Deal Double-Cross Led to Murder, Police Say; Business Partner Arrested

Jermain Bennett, son of legendary boxer Joe Bennett, has been charged in connection with the death of his boxing club/training gym business partner Sean McGinn.

A Lockport man was shot and killed early Friday in a drug sale double-cross allegedly orchestrated by his business partner, Cmdr. Al Roeschner said.

Sean D. McGinn, 39, of Lockport, and Jermain Bennett, co-owners of Team Joliet KO Zone, a boxing club and training gym at 218 E. Cass St., had a deal arranged in which they were to purchase a "large quantity of cocaine" from a third party, Roeschner said.

However, Bennett double-crossed McGinn by setting up a staged robbery in the area behind the Cass Street gym, he said. McGinn was shot twice and died at the scene, and Bennett then removed a "large amount of money" from McGinn's vehicle, Roeschner said.

Bennett, 38, of Joliet, has been arrested and charged with murder, drug conspiracy and theft. Police are in the process of looking for other suspects involved in the shooting, he said.

Bennett is the son of famous boxer Joe Bennett, a seven-time Golden Gloves champion and one-time member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. Bennett's son, Javonni, is an aspiring boxer who won state, national and world boxing championships in 2010.

Joe Bennett declined to comment on his son's arrest Friday afternoon.

Friends described McGinn as a devoted father, friend and coach who was committed to getting kids off the street by giving them a different outlet at the gym. A sign at the club reads, "Drop the Guns, Put on the Gloves."

Duane Stanford said he knew McGinn as the manager of the Lockport Vipers, the baseball team for whom Stanford's 12-year-old son played.

On several occasions, McGinn invited team members to join him at the gym.

"He had them come over not for the baseball team, but just to connect with them, just to bond with them," Stanford said. "I'd become very attached to (McGinn) because of the way he was with the kids."

Stanford, who learned of McGinn's death at about 9:30 a.m. when a McGinn family member texted Stanford's wife, said team members were devoted to McGinn, who led them to a championship tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., just this summer.

"When we told our son (about McGinn's death), he just dropped to his knees," Stanford said.

The baseball tournament victory had to be bittersweet for McGinn, he said, given that McGinn's own son was unable to play this season due to a "rare stomach illness." At Cooperstown, they saw photos of another of McGinn's sons, who had been a star youth baseball player.

McGinn, who was divorced, had been planning to travel this weekend with his girlfriend and two other couples to an out-of-town wedding of a former co-worker he knew from working at in Joliet, Jameson's manager George Cosmas said.

Cosmas said he remained friends with McGinn even after he left the restaurant about a year ago, and said McGinn had dropped by just last week to visit. McGinn's girlfirend still works there, he said.

"He was just a good guy," Cosmas said. "He was an energetic, friendly guy. He was a good employee as well as a good friend."

McGinn was a native of the Lockport area who attended Joliet Junior College and owned Celtic Green Landscaping in Lockport.

Stanford described the 6-foot-2 McGinn as a teddy bear. "He was as calm as they come. ... I don't think he had a mean bone in his body."

Cosmas added that he was devoted to his children.

"He loved to spend time with his kids. He was always working two or three jobs to make sure they had what they needed."

Chopper August 15, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Hey, Joliet Johnny: as co-owner of the boxing gym on the east side, he was called upon most likely for a false robbery which turns out to be Bennett and his thugs setting him up. No one deserves to be killed. Sean's biggest mistake was trying to be a good guy in helping these types of people who will doublecross you eventually anyway.
Courtney August 15, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Danny, Both of them were doing something illegall...... OBVIOUSLY! That doesn't mean that they were Bad people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone that lives in Joliet KNOWS that being anywhere in that Vicinity is NO GOOD, Especially after 6pm. BUT that doesn't they were bad people..... AND from what I hear Jermaine stayed with him until the police arrived... You all have all the answers!!! BAN, You are clearly Clueless! I'm Glad you know he wasn't living a double life... But he was using or selling drugs! #FACT Clueless, I have to assume you know NOTHING about the east side of Joliet....... There are prostitutes, drug addicts, drug dealers,robbers, killers, etc that walk that strip DAILY.... SO being out there past 6pm..... Especially In The Alley....l........................................I.....................I..............I....... God loves you;-)
Time Is Money August 15, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Wow how dumb can you be it's obvious Sean wasn't a saint but that dosent mean he deserved to die in the gutter" rip "my condolences go out to his family people fuck up and make bad desicions trusting Jermaine cost him whether he was a drug user or pusher is not the issue a man's life was took for a few thousand bucks senseless by someone he trusted and assumed was a friend (who can you trust )It happen 11pm Thursday the police had enough info to make Fridays paper this question goes to the killers how long do you think you got before your pictures in the paper (senseless )my condolences to the mcginn family
Time Is Money August 15, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Wow how dumb can you be it's obvious Sean wasn't a saint but that dosent mean he deserved to die in the gutter" rip "my condolences go out to his family people f**k up and make bad desicions trusting Jermaine cost him whether he was a drug user or pusher is not the issue a man's life was took for a few thousand bucks senseless by someone he trusted and assumed was a friend (who can you trust )It happen 11pm Thursday the police had enough info to make Fridays paper this question goes to the killers how long do you think you got before your pictures in the paper (senseless )my condolences to the mcginn family
Courtney August 15, 2012 at 07:54 AM
No he didn't deserve to die!!!!!!!!!! My heart goes out to his family! It's a foolish thing that happened & they didn't have to resort to killing him! I also feel that the lifestyle you live can catch up to you. He trusted him & I only hope Jermaine didn't set his friend up.... But I'm not God so I don't know! By no means did he deserve to die nor am I saying he was a bad person. We are human & we all make mistakes!
Wisdom August 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I am glad everyone here cares about both parties involved and are hurting because of some bad choices that was made by both. I can't see how bashing anyone would make you feel better. Here is what I know I know two families are hurting because of this and will have lives to live after you all are not thinking about it anymore. So let's try this let's try praying for the families that are innocent in the whole matter. Lets say something positive that can make a difference in someone's life because it's obvious both made a difference in yours since most of you are up here daily posting. I Could have got up here and said a lot of bad stuff but what does that solve and who does that hurt. It wouldn't make me no better than them for even allowing something so foolish to happen. God is the only one that knew this would happen and that could have stopped it from happening. By no means am I saying God is at fault but what I am saying is God knows all. What you, me, Sean, or Jermaine didn't know God knew. Everyone has to answer to God for choice they made. So the choice you made to get up here and bash Sean or Jermaine you will have to answer to God for the additional hurt you caused their families. A soft answer turns away wrath and a kind word goes a long way. To the McGinn family I'm sorry for your lost and you are and will be in my prayers. For the Bennett family I know it's hard for you also and you are in my prayers as well.
Realist August 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Welcome what the police and the news papers have done to minorities for years this is only a small taste of what minorities get when a loved one or friend passes smdh at the police and herald news
Chopper August 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Well, it's a bit different when gangbangers shoot each other ... happens all too often in inner-cities and the victims unfortunately leave their families left without fathers; however, this tragedy is different than a typical senseless gang shooting because the victim was not involved in a gang but was a good person, not evil, and he was a loving father and friend to many. His mistake was trusting the one who turned on him.
Joliet Johnny August 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Big red, you are an idiot. There is no anger in my comments and where you get off assuming how I treat my kids or myself is unfounded, and ignorant. One thing I can promise myself and my kids is that I won't be doing drug deals in the middle of the night.....anywhere. And your comment about coaching? Does that make him a good person? Let's ask Jerry Sandusky. I played 5 years in A and AA ball and have no desire to coach. It was fun, but not profitable.... and if my kids follow that path, so be it, but I don't wish it on them. BAN, yeah right, thank goodness. And yes, I am a pretty damn good parent. Thanks.
Joliet Johnny August 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Chopper....you don't own a gym on the East side. For reasons I can't disclose, or won't anyway, I know that you do not. But thanks for your comments.
Chopper August 16, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I suggest you re-read my comment, Joliet Jackass. I never said I owned a gym on the east side. Said, "as co-owner of a gym, he ... " [meaning Sean]. DUH
BAN August 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Joliet Johnny you just proved my point. You THINK you know everyone and have all the answers but you don't. Just because people make mistakes that doesn't make them bad parents. That's a judgement on your part without any first hand knowledge of the facts. Your attacking others for judging your comments but Sean can't defend himself now can he?! Being you have all the answers maybe the police should be speaking to you.
Tisha Jones August 16, 2012 at 08:51 PM
For the last 30 years people need to look at the BIG picture and the reality of the what the hell is really going on. This is been major problems since Caterpillar started out sourcing jobs and Com Ed. Joliet went bankrupt years ago and that eliminated jobs for people back in the 60's and 70's living in Joliet was ok. Then all with all of the job elimination factors, it is really another Gary Indiana and Detroit Michigan. Now it is time to wake up if you are sleep and for the young people that don't remember when this madness was created, until they revive the city it is going to be problems on top of problems, most people make their living by selling dope, It does not matter if they have a regular job in another suburb or what ever , dope is somewhere in the enviroment because dope killed Joliet back in the 80's . I have school mates that have been strung out for 25 years plus and some of their children don't even know them because Joliet has been a drug haven for so many years so as long as drugs exist heavily there. Get the hell out of town, no hope for that town it is bad news, you may as well go live in Detroit or Gary, same scum lifestyle, no escape not a good look, so say what the hell you all want but this is the deal Camille.
mz826 August 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Nobody knows what happen but the 3 that was their and god my heart goes out to both families because both of them are humans and don't deserve to be locked up or dead stop assuming stuff be innocent until proven guilty
MJ September 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Hey "cluthce" "Joliet Johnny" and "Joliet" your all fucking idiots. U ha no idea who Sean was he was not a dead beat dad or a drug pusher and he co owned that gym so I believe he can be wherever the fuck he wants when he wants especially at his gym doesn't matter what fucking time it is. Just because he wasn't scared to be on the east side of Joliet like u jack asses are because u judge everything and are scared shitless man up. Sean was no where near a drug addict he owned his own business co owned a business and coached for his kids all he ever did was put his kids first. He just got custody of his kids previous to this incident and was paying for court fees so u think he had a shit ton of money? No he didn't he was using it to get his kids from his ex. Think twice don't judge u dumb asses. He was set up like articles say by his co owner. U guys need to get a clue on the person before u start talking shit. U have no idea what kind of person Sean was but guarantee he was more of a man then u guys will ever be. So shut the fuck up and get facts straight
MJ September 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM
bri youre an idiot just becuase it was past 6pm on the east side doesnt mean sean shouldnt have been there. who gives a fuck. peopel walk the east side all the time... you know there are prostitutes, drug dealers, dug addicts, robbers, killers etc. every where right and especially on the west side too? not just the east side of joliet... i mean if that was true shit the world wouldnt be like it is huh? dumb ass... just becuase youre scared to go over there passed 6pm doesnt mean every one has to be... there are regular peopel over there as well.. just dont interact with peopel who could be sketchy. sean owned that gym he can be there when he wants who cares if it was in an alley either.. u also should know there are alleys on the west side... should peopel be scared of those too or....? and how can YOU state facts? you dont know shit either... you cant say its a fact that sean was a user or dealer. dont be dumb for five seconds.
MJ September 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM
if he was a "functioning drug addict" you think he would have recently gotten custody of his kids? i dont think so last time i checked people addicted dont usually get their kids.. but youre right apparently... and youre contradicting yourself... if he was a functioning drug addict i doubt he woul dhave been a great coach or great father so yet youre right again... youre a fucking idiot is all i have to say... sean didnt live for drugs drugs he lived for his kids and his two businesses and sports. and there were no drugs ever found so how was it a real drug deal? there was none found so it was a clear set up by someone sean trusted for many years. and it wasnt seans money jermain took off with u think he had that spare cash right after court payments and still had court payments for the custoday of his child? you should never write comments until u know the facts... wait apparently in your other posts u know all the facts after telling peopel they know shit... so again all i have to say is youre a fucking idiot.
Courtney September 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
mj no need to be do IGNORANT. It is what it is... It's a fact he was a Drug Addict or a Drug Dealer! He didn't deserve to die for the mistakes he made! God bless his soul! I'm not questioning the father his children knew.. But you obviously didn't know him or either you did & you were one of the drug addicts he supplied dope to & you want to make him out to be a saint. Your so excited that he owned that gym! The gym looked like it should have an orange sticker on it & condemned! It was filthy to say the least! Your people kill me! You like that side of town because you like prostitutes & dope, huh? That's the ONLY people that are on that strip PERIOD!!!!!!! I grew up on the east side! So shush & pray to god for forgiveness! He loves you & he is a forgiver
Courtney September 17, 2012 at 02:27 PM
mj the more I read YOUR foolishness the more I realize you must be mentally retarded. Just because he coached little league & had his own business. Means Absolutly NOTHING! Now I KNOW your smoking CRACK! There's lawyers, police officers, etc that are functioning addicts & guess what Slow Person some of them also sale drugs too! Go back to school or stay in school with your slow self
jenna matzke October 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM
first of all he was in the alley behind the boxing rink that he owned to help kids to stay out of trouble you heartless asshole. you dont know anything so don't even think for once that you have any opinion on this situation
jenna matzke October 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
first of all you dont know shit about this situation so its best if you dont post your opinion about anything becuase you obviously have no knowledge on what happened so why dont you focus on other things in your life then being a low life that has nothing better to do then to post shit that your pulling out of your ass. thanks
jenna matzke October 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM
thank you for this comment. it is very appropriate. I am the girlfriend of Sean's oldest son, Connor and these comments above are very abusive to him and honestly cruel. He has been through enough. These people need to find lives and stop criticizing. its unnecessary and hurtful to the people that love Sean. Grow the fuck up
jenna matzke October 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
thank you. you are in mine and connors prayers
jenna matzke October 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
your a heartless asshole that need to keep your mouth shut. you dont know anything that happened so there is no need to comment on this situation. No one is perfect and you have no clue what was going at the time of Seans death so I would advise you to shut your mouth thannnnks
1 October 27, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Please stop this now. It's been over 2 months. Please stop. The boys need peace. This is taking on a life of its own that is adding unnecessary pain and heartache. Please stop.
bizz December 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM
See what happen when you let police informers run wild on the streets. This is why I moved out of Joliet all the murders going on in Joliet is by criminals who have cooperated with the police and been released. Someone should really look into this.
Italian Capone Stallion April 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM
I back you 100% eric keep your head up and your hands up, keep on fighting!!!
Italian Capone Stallion April 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I back you up 100% on this and i agree
Italian Capone Stallion April 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Bri i back your statement 100%
Italian Capone Stallion April 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Wisdom i back your statement 100%, well spoken!!!!


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