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Group Asks For Pardon For Steidl

Randy Steidl
Randy Steidl

Attorneys for the Center on Wrongful Convictions are asking Governor Pat Quinn to issue a pardon for Gordon “Randy'' Steidl.

Steidl wrongfully spent 17 years in prison and 12 of those on death row, for the murder of newlyweds Dyke and Karen Rhodes, in Paris, Ill. in 1986.   

In April of this year, a federal court signed off on a $3.5 million settlement with Steidl involving the city of Paris, two police officers, Edgar County, and a prosecutor.   

Herb Whitlock was also set free after the Illinois Attorney General ruled he also could not be re-tried based on a lack of evidence.

The petition has not been ruled on for 11 years and the group is asking for no less than an explanation as to why Quinn has yet to act on the petition one way or the other.

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