Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Innocence Project Works To Clear Name Of Waukegan Man

A suburban Chicago man who spent 20 years in prison for abduction and rape has been exonerated after DNA evidence indicated he was wrongfully convicted.

Prosecutors say they had to exonerate Angel Gonzalez after DNA tests found the presence of bodily fluids from two men, who are unidentified. Gonzalez was convicted in 1994 of abducting a 35-year-old woman from her Waukegan home and raping her at another location.

The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield worked in collaboration with the Innocence Project (NY) to obtain the exoneration.

The Illinois group was involved in another exoneration earlier this year when Chris Abernathy was released from prison. He served 30 years.

This story was published on the WUIS website on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Read the entire article here.