Illinois State Police To Pay Record $40 Million Settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for five men convicted and later cleared of the 1991 rape and murder of a suburban Chicago girl say they’ve reached a $40 million settlement with the Illinois State Police.

The men were teenagers when they were arrested in the death of Cateresa Matthews of Dixmoor. They spent years in prison before being cleared by DNA evidence.

Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr were freed in 2011 after 19 years in prison. Shainne Sharp and Robert Veal were released after 10 years in prison.

Attorneys say the settlement is a “small measure of justice” for the so-called “Dixmoor 5,” whom they claim were framed by police.

A State Police spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The city of Dixmoor hasn’t agreed to settle the case.

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