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False Accusations net couple 15.5 million in Joliet

Filed under: Law — Tags: , , , , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 12:47 pm 2007 December 22

In June 2004 little three year old Riley Fox was found dead at forked Creek in Wilmington Illinois, about 50 miles south of Chicago. Kevin Fox, Riley’s father was charged with murder and then allegedly coerced into a confession that involved an accidental strike and a cover-up to make it look like his daughter was abducted, raped, murdered, and dumped near the local waterway. Kevin spent eight months in jail before forensic evidence cleared him of any wrongdoing.

It is the highest award of its type on record. Previously, James Newsome, a man who spent 15 years in Jail was awarded 15 million. An award some say seems more appropriate given the amount of life Mr. Newsome spent behind bars.