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Wrongfully convicted Illinois man freed by DNA, settles lawsuit

WAUKEGAN, IL (AP) -

An Illinois man who served more than 19 years in prison for the 1992 rape and murder of an 11-year-old Waukegan girl has settled a federal lawsuit against prosecutors and police for $20 million.

Juan Rivera's conviction was reversed in January 2012 after DNA evidence led investigators to another suspect. The appeals court then barred prosecutors from trying him again.

The 41-year-old Rivera was tried three times for the rape and murder of Holley Stake. His first conviction in 1993 was reversed on appeal and he was granted a new trial. He was convicted again in 1998. 

In 2004, a Lake County judge granted Rivera DNA testing and a new trial. He was most recently found guilty in 2009.

Rivera's lawsuit accused Lake County state's attorney's office and the sheriff's department of coercing a confession.

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