The State of Illinois released Gordon Randall Steidl yesteday after 17 years in prison. Steidl's conviction was commuted from a death sentence to life without parole in 1999, but he spent 12 years on death row. After months of investigations sparked by a Federal Court's ruling that it was "reasonably probable" that Steidl would have been acquitted if his defense attorney had done more to challenge the case, the State requested Steidel's release. Steidel has continually maintained his innocence. He may be retried; however, the prosecution witness who in 1987 said she saw Steidl commit the killings he was convicted for has recanted.
Man convicted in Illinois killings goes free after 17 years in prison