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Illinois man freed after murder conviction is dropped

After 32 years in a high-security prison, an Illinois man has been released after DNA evidence proved he was not responsible for a murder in 1980.

The man was charged and convicted of the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl when he was a teenager. DNA testing was not available at the time of his trial, and he was convicted by a jury of his peers. The man was 19-years-old at the time.

In 2004, the prisoner asked that the DNA evidence in the case be reviewed. After the testing was completed, it was determined that another man’s DNA was present at the scene of the crime instead of the convicted man’s DNA.

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Guilty plea entered by Champaign man in regards to sexual assault

A 22-year-old Champaign man has plead guilty to aggravated criminal sexual assault, and one count of home invasion. Both of these crimes are considered to be Class X felonies.

On August 25, the man allegedly entered the apartment of a pregnant woman in his complex by breaking through her second story balcony door. He apprehended the female, and sexually assaulted her at knife point in a bedroom. He stole her credit card, and left her bruised and beaten.

The woman recognized the man from her apartment complex, and was able to testify during trial. Two additional charges were dropped against the man in agreement with the plea bargain that he entered into. He faces a total of 70 years in jail in regards to the charges against him.

If you have been charged with a Class X felony, you need experienced criminal defense lawyers on your side in order to protect your rights. Please contact the criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.

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