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Gregory Conway

Other Illinois Exonerations for Weapon Possession or Sale
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On April 28, 2000, Chicago police arrested 31-year-old Gregory Conway and charged him with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On March 28, 2002, Conway pled guilty to the charge in Cook County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Conway 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 this portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

By that time, Conway had been convicted of murder in Cook County and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2020, Conway, acting without a lawyer, filed a motion to vacate his conviction based on the Aguilar ruling. On May 21, 2020, the motion was granted. Conway’s conviction was vacated, and the charge was dismissed.

Conway then filed a motion for a certificate of innocence. On September 21, 2020, Cook County Criminal Court Chief Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. granted the motion.

Conway subsequently filed a claim with the Illinois Court of Claims seeking compensation. In May 2021, the court of claims awarded him $15,000.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 4/1/2022
Last Updated: 4/1/2022
State:Illinois
County:Cook
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2000
Convicted:2002
Exonerated:2020
Sentence:6 years
Race/Ethnicity:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:31
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No