he Waukegan City Council has voted unanimously to approve its share of the $20 million settlement being paid to Juan Rivera, who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a notorious murder he did not commit, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.
It is a startling twist in a 22-year-old murder case that rocked the northern suburbs.
A Lake County man wrongfully imprisoned for 20 years — half his life — following the 1992 rape and murder of an 11 year old girl, has filed a lawsuit.
With four recent high-profile cases, a Waukegan defense lawyer says Lake County has become a hotbed of false convictions.
The FBI is not going to be checking a DNA profile in a nearly 20-year old Chicago area murder case that reopened last month.
The team that secured Juan Rivera’s exoneration in the Holly Staker murder case is now offering to help Waukegan Police find the girl’s real killer after 20 years.
Waukegan police have re-opened the nearly 20-year-old investigation into the rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker.
A former Waukegan man walked out of state prison Friday after Lake County prosecutors announced they would not challenge an appeals court’s decision to reverse his latest conviction.
Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Waller is expected to meet Monday with his appellate prosecutors to decide whether to pursue any further criminal action against Juan Rivera.
He was sentenced to life in prison for a horrifying crime he claimed he never committed. Now, Juan Rivera could go free. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.