Coleman's brother resigns from prison guard job, loses disability claim

and Beth HundsdorferFebruary 14, 2014 

Brad Coleman, the brother of convicted triple murderer Chris Coleman, has resigned his $64,300-per-year job as a state prison guard effective Feb. 28, said Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections.

His resignation will disqualify him from obtaining a disability payment worth about $224,000 over seven years.

Coleman, 35, of Chester in Randolph County, recently made national headlines after the Belleville News-Democrat reported that he was seeking a non-occupational disability claim because he had acquired post traumatic stress disorder over worrying about his brother doing life without parole.

Because he will soon not be a state employee, "He will not be eligible for a disability claim in any way, shape or form," said Tim Blair, executive director of the State Employees' Retirement System.

Brad Coleman has been on leave from his job as a Menard Correctional Center guard since Nov. 24. He had filed a claim with the retirement agency seeking half his salary or $32,000 per year for the next seven years.

Coleman, who could not be reached for comment Friday, works cutting hair in his Chester barbershop and as a part-time village police officer. He previously told the BND that he began to suffer symptoms of PTSD after his brother's conviction. Chris Coleman is serving time at a prison in another state; the Department of Corrections will not reveal the location due to concerns over his safety.

Chester Police Department Chief M. Ryan Coffey said Brad Coleman's claim to be suffering from PTSD, a mental disorder that often affects combat soldiers and rape victims, would not compromise public safety.

Monique Bond, chief of communications for the Illinois State Police, said in a written statement that under current law, anyone who holds a Firearms Owner Identification Card is required to report a mental disability, "and relinquish their FOID card."

Under Illinois' new concealed carry law, health-care facilities and clinicians should report any person who has been voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric unit, or determined to be a clear and present danger or determined to be developmentally disabled or intellectually disabled.

Chris Coleman was convicted in 2011 of strangling his wife and young sons in their Columbia home so he could be free to marry his girlfriend, a former stripper and Florida dog-track waitress.

Contact reporter George Pawlaczyk at gpawlaczyk@bnd.com or 618-239-2625. Contact reporter Beth Hundsdorfer at bhundsdorfer@bnd.com or 618-239-2570.

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