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  • Juan Rivera is greeted by family members after being released from Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

       Juan Rivera is greeted by family members after being released from Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera is released from Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. On the left is Rivera's nephew John Michael Diaz, and on the right is Rivera's mother Carmen Rivera and Rivera's sister Rebecca Leon.

       Juan Rivera is released from Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill. On the left is Rivera's nephew John Michael Diaz, and on the right is Rivera's mother Carmen Rivera and Rivera's sister Rebecca Leon.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera, left, gets an emotional hug from Jacques Rivera, right, after Juan's release from prison.

       Juan Rivera, left, gets an emotional hug from Jacques Rivera, right, after Juan's release from prison.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera is all smiles as he walks out of Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

       Juan Rivera is all smiles as he walks out of Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera gives a kiss to his neice Abigail Leon, 13, of Waukegan.

       Juan Rivera gives a kiss to his neice Abigail Leon, 13, of Waukegan.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera gives a hug to Miguel Diaz, right.

       Juan Rivera gives a hug to Miguel Diaz, right.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera is surrounded by family upon his release.

       Juan Rivera is surrounded by family upon his release.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Juan Rivera is hugged by his mother Carmen Rivera of Waukegan upon his release.

       Juan Rivera is hugged by his mother Carmen Rivera of Waukegan upon his release.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Carmen Rivera gives gives Judy Royal, an attorney with the Center on Wrongful Convictions, a hug as they await the release of Rivera's son Juan Rivera at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

       Carmen Rivera gives gives Judy Royal, an attorney with the Center on Wrongful Convictions, a hug as they await the release of Rivera's son Juan Rivera at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The family of Juan Rivera reveal emotion as they await his release.

       The family of Juan Rivera reveal emotion as they await his release.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 

Juan rivera walked out of stateville correctional center in crest hill a free man after spending nearly 20 years behind bars for the 1992 rape and murder of eleven-year-old babysitter holly staker. a reversal of his murder conviction went unchallenged , paving the way for his release.

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