Angel Gonzalez Receives Certificate of Innocence
On June 18, Angel Gonzalez, who was exonerated in March after spending 20 years in an Illinois prison for a rape he didn’t commit, was awarded a certificate of innocence by a Lake County judge. The certificate means that Gonzalez is now entitled to compensation under the state’s compensation statute.
Angel Gonzalez was exonerated in March, after serving nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. However, Angel said that though he was physically free, he was not yet mentally free. The conviction was still on his record even after he was released from prison, a fact that weighed heavily on him.
Last week, Angel was finally granted his certificate of innocence from the state of Illinois and the conviction on his record was expunged.The original prosecutor of hi…s case was also present and outside of court, he shook Angel’s hand and apologized.
All of us at the Innocence Project are thrilled for him. And we hope you all can make a donation in his honor today. Your gift will help us continue to fight for justice for the innocent. Thank you.
Angel is pictured with Illinois Innocence Project Staff Attorney Lauren Kaeseberg (left) and Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Vanessa Potkin (right).