CHICAGO (CBS) — Lake County prosecutors have finally cleared the name of a man who served 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, in May, Bennie Starks was cleared of the rape of a Waukegan woman, but prosecutors had fought to keep his aggravated battery conviction in place until last month, when they agreed to vacate that conviction.READ MORE: Lollapalooza Now Requiring Masks In Tents And Indoors For All Attendees
But one more small snafu in court on Monday delayed that official exoneration for a little while longer, due to a mixup about the wording on a court order.
Starks, 53, eventually left court Monday a free man, and with the exoneration he’d been seeking for 26 years – something that had him a bit stunned.
“I don’t even have any words. I’m overwhelmed with joy,” he said.