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Jasmyn Almodovar





Life Imprisonment

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Judicially Exonerated Released

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"Jasmyn Almodovar (aka Roberto Almodovar) and co-defendant William Negron were wrongly convicted in 1994 of a double murder in Chicago, Illinois in 1994. The prosecution of Almodovar and Negron was based on eyewitness reports obtained in part by Chicago Police Department Detective Reynaldo Guevara. After their convictino by a jury both men were sentenced to life in prison. After years in prison, Guevara's credibility came under scrutiny because of allegations he coerced witnesses and framed innocent people in dozens of cases. Almodovar and Negron filed a petition for a new trial based on the evidence that Guevara's investigation couldn't be relied on. An evidentiary hearing regarding the petition ended on April 10, 2017. Two days later the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announced it was no longer "in the best interests of justice" to proceed with prosecuting Almodovar and Negron. On April 14, 2017 the State's Attorney's Office's motion to dismiss the charges was granted, and Almodovar was released later that day. Negron remained imprisoned on his murder conviction in an unrelated case from the early 1990s. When Almodovar was released his attorney talked to reporters, and condemned the legal "system that allows wrongful convictions to happen and then get covered up.""

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Perjury by witnesses coerced by Chicago PD officer.

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Attorney Jennifer Bonjean

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"Inmate freed from jail after judge throws out double murder conviction, By Megan Crepeau (Reporter), Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2017"

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