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John Tate

Other Cook County, Illinois exonerations with no crime
On October 7, 2000, Chicago police arrested 26-year-old John Tate and charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On December 19, 2000, Tate pled guilty to the charge in Cook County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Ultimately, he served about 18 months.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Hampton had been convicted was unconstitutional. The statute said that a person committed the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when a person “carries on or about his person or in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm and the firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible.”

The court held that portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In 2003, Tate was sentenced to 16 years in prison under the name of Micah Mannie after being convicted of vehicular hijacking and kidnapping. In 2019, he filed a pro se petition seeking to vacate his conviction for the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The petition was granted, his conviction for the gun conviction was vacated and the charge was dismissed. On September 4, 2020, Cook County Circuit Court Criminal Division Presiding Judge Leroy Martin Jr. granted Tate a certificate of innocence.

Tate then filed a claim with the Illinois Court of Claims seeking compensation. He was subsequently awarded $20,000.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 12/17/2021
Last Updated: 12/17/2021
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2000
Sentence:3 years
Age at the date of reported crime:26
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No