Wrongful Conviction

Conviction Dropped; Chicago Man Free After Nearly 30 Years

He has agreed not to seek a “certificate of innocence,” which would allow him to collect up to $200,000 from the state

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A Chicago man who claimed he was tortured into confessing to a 1990 murder was released from prison Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction.

Weston, 46, spent nearly 30 years in prison. Special prosecutor Bob Milan said he couldn't substantiate allegations of police abuse, but he found the evidence against Demond Weston “does not meet the burden of beyond a reasonable doubt.”

"We disagree on the conclusion on the torture piece, but today the key thing is he's out of prison," said Scott Schutte, Weston's attorney.

Weston insists he was beaten as a teenager by detectives during a 12-hour interrogation about a murder and other shootings.

He has agreed not to seek a “certificate of innocence,” which would allow him to collect up to $200,000 from the state, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. But a lawsuit against police is possible.

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