February 1, 2016

OGO convinces State of Illinois to retroactively dismiss all charges and free innocent man from prison

While O’Mara Gleason O’Callaghan does not normally engage in appellate or post-conviction criminal work, we occasionally take on matters of justice when there is a wrong that should be righted.

Colleagues familiar with our reputation and experience requested that we review the case of a Chicago man who claimed he was falsely charged and imprisoned. He was shot at 18 times by two Chicago police officers following a routine traffic stop, resulting in grievous injuries.

The man was charged with several gun offenses and sentenced to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being advised by his trial attorney that he had no choice but to plead guilty.

Leveraging our years of experience in the State’s Attorney’s Office, we reviewed the police reports and interviews of the officers involved and uncovered major inconsistencies with the police version of the incident.

In May of 2015 we filed a post-conviction petition on behalf of our client. In response, the State’s Attorney’s Office retroactively dismissed all of the gun charges against him, and an innocent man was immediately freed from prison.

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