(AP) — Just days before he left office, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing.
The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield said Grover Thompson received the first posthumous exoneration in state history.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
Illinois Prisoner Review Board spokesman Jason Sweat said Tuesday that Rauner granted Thompson executive clemency on Friday.
The Innocence Project planned a 2:00 p.m. news conference Tuesday which Thompson’s nephew is expected to attend.READ MORE: 2 Injured In Shooting On Dan Ryan Expressway Near 57th Street
Thompson died in 1996 while serving a 40-year sentence for the attempted 1981 murder of 72-year-old Ida White in Mount Vernon. In 2007 serial killer Timothy Krajcir confessed to stabbing White.
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