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Ex Gov.-Ryan regret: Letting last execution happen

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Former Gov. George Ryan says among his regrets in life is letting the execution of the last person in Illinois proceed before he placed a moratorium on capital punishment.

Ryan spoke to The Daily Journal in Kankakee in an interview posted online Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1mKbAaf ). It was among his first interviews since his release from prison in 2013 for corruption convictions.

In 1999, then-Gov. Ryan refused calls to stop the execution of Andrew Kokoraleis (koh-koh-RAY'-lihs). He was convicted in the 1982 rape, kidnapping and murder of a 21-year-old Elmhurst woman, Lorraine Borowski.

A year after the execution, Ryan declared the moratorium. Citing flaws in the system, he the cleared death row in 2003.

Referring to Kokoraleis, the 80-year-old Ryan said, "I regretted killing that Greek fella."

Information from: The Daily Journal, http://www.daily-journal.com

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