An Illinois man who spent two decades behind bars for a Chicago Heights murder he did not commit has won a $15 million wrongful conviction settlement.
The settlement, announced Wednesday, is said to be one of the largest individual wrongful conviction settlements in state history.
Rodell Sanders, 51, who claimed police framed him for a 1993 murder in Chicago Heights, was exonerated and released from prison in July 2014 after being imprisoned for 20 years.
"Rodell Sanders spent more than 20 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, for which there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime - the only evidence being manipulated testimony organized by a police department notorious for widespread corruption," reads a statement issued Wednesday by Sanders' attorneys at Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.
"Chicago Heights Police Chief Sam Mangialardi and six other Chicago Heights officers were subsequently convicted of federal charges including civil rights violations, racketeering, witness tampering, bribery, extortion, and/or money laundering," the attorneys added.
Sanders will address the media with his family, supporters and attorneys during an afternoon press conference today.