EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The prosecutor of a man serving a 90-year prison sentence for a 1992 southwestern Illinois shooting that killed his former girlfriend and wounded her new boyfriend is supporting the inmate's clemency bid.
The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1w4vwLQ ) reports Michael Strader says he should've taken a plea deal for a 50-year sentence. If he had, he'd be eligible for parole in 2017, not 2037 now.
He's got the support of the assistant Madison County state's attorney who took him to trial in 1994. Rich Rybak is now a prosecutor in Howell County, Missouri. He says Strader "is hardly the threatening monster that some who don't know him might claim."
Strader was 19 at the time of the shooting.
There's no immediate word on when Gov. Pat Quinn may decide Strader's clemency request.