JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – A southwest suburban man serving a 90-year prison sentence for a brutal rape, who’s also been arrested for other violent crimes and served time for kidnapping, says prosecutors are ruining his “good name.”
Russell Amos Jr. of Joliet, 46, filed a lawsuit against Matthew Guzman and Christine Vukmir late last week. The pair of Will County assistant state’s attorneys secured Amos’ 90-year prison sentence last month from Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes.READ MORE: Chicago Bears Reportedly Expected To Sign Chiefs Exec Ryan Poles As New GM
Amos was accused of choking, beating and sexually assaulting a woman in April 2009, and a jury convicted him of home invasion and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. Prosecutors said Amos also sexually assaulted the woman with a souvenir bat, but he wasn’t convicted for that act.
Amos says Guzman and Vukmir conspired to land an unlawful conviction by violating his attorney/client privilege and coaching his alleged victim, invaded his privacy, and inflicted emotional distress. He also accuses them of defamation of character.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Wind Chill Advisory Overnight, Wind Chills To Drop Well Below Zero
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow’s office says Amos was convicted in 1988 and served 10 years for kidnapping a woman in Georgia, and he was arrested in 1985 for holding a knife to a woman’s throat in Will County.
Glasgow’s office declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Amos, who also appeared in court Tuesday in yet another case for allegedly punching a man in the face, is seeking $3.5 million.MORE NEWS: Joliet Township High School District 204 Going Remote Wednesday Due To Extreme Cold
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