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Steidl Reaches Settlement In Lawsuit


A man wrongfully convicted of a 1987 double homicide in Paris, Illinois has reached a settlement in a civil rights suit.

Randy Steidl was in prison for 17 years in prison and 12 years on death row before being exonerated by the federal court in 2003.

Steidl has been awarded $3.5 million by a federal court.

He is still seeking a pardon from the Illinois governor’s office on the basis of innocence.

In 1987 Steidl, along with Herb Whitlock were convicted of killing Dyke and Karen Rhodes at their Paris home.

In the new settlement, the City of Paris has agreed to pay Steidl $325,000 over 41⁄2 years as part of the agreement, while the city’s insurance carrier will pay another $325,000. The money from the City of Paris will come from a tax levy imposed by the town to pay for the settlement.

 Another $290,000 is to come from Edgar County insurance carriers, and another $85,000 from Edgar County.

Last year Steidl settled a lawsuit against the Illinois State Police and received an award of $6 million.