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Thursday, March 8, 2012 03:58 am


What do you do after spending nearly a dozen years behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit? You go to California Pizza Kitchen and get a pie with the works. That’s what Jonathon Moore did on Tuesday after a Kane County judge vacated his murder conviction with the blessing of prosecutors. “That was his first request,” says Larry Golden, executive director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, which counts Moore’s case as its fourth exoneration since 2001. Convicted of murder and attempted murder for a 2000 shooting in Aurora, Moore, 30, was serving a 75-year sentence. He told police he was at the scene, which turned out to be false, two witnesses identified him as the shooter and his conviction was upheld by an appellate court. Aurora police re-opened the case last year based on information from an informant who knew details of the killing that had not been made public, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office. Golden said that Moore contacted the Innocence Project because he felt that authorities weren’t moving fast enough to get him out of prison. Golden praised police and prosecutors. “The really unique part of this case is the fact that the police are the ones that re-initiated the investigation,” Golden said. “The state’s attorney was entirely scrupulously cooperative in trying to do what’s right.”
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