The man who caused the abolition of the death penalty in the US state of Illinois dies

The man who caused the abolition of the death penalty in the US state of Illinois dies


Anthony Porter, who was accused of murdering two people in the US state of Illinois, resulted in the abolition of the death penalty after the trial resulted in his acquittal, has died.

Speaking to WBBM Radio, attorney Jim Montgomery reported that Anthony Porter, 66, died of “anoxic brain damage.”

Porter was acquitted in 1999 after Alstory Simon confessed to shooting dead two people in a park south of Chicago on August 15, 1982.

Simon confessed to his guilt during the investigation of the murders and was found guilty and sentenced to 37 years in prison.

The Porter case resulted in former Governor George Ryan stopping all death rows in Illinois.

Ryan announced a reprieve for executions in 2003 and subsequently commuted the death sentences of more than 150 inmates to life imprisonment.

Governor Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty in the state of Illinois in 2011.


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