Exonerated Death Row Inmate Sentenced to Prison for Theft

Anthony Porter wrongfully served 17 years in prison before he was exonerated in 1999

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012  |  Updated 10:01 PM CDT
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Exonerated Death Row Inmate Back in Prison

A former death row inmate whose wrongful conviction was the spark that helped end the death penalty in Illinois is headed back to prison for stealing deodorant from a Chicago pharmacy.

Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton says Anthony Porter pleaded guilty Tuesday to retail theft and Judge Diane Cannon sentenced him to a year in prison.

Simonton says Porter, who was charged in September 2011, was given credit for 60 days served in Cook County Jail and will be under supervision for one year when released.

Porter served nearly 17 years in prison for the 1982 murder of a Chicago couple. He was released in 1999 after a Northwestern University journalism professor and his students obtained a statement from another man who said he committed the killings.

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