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Stephen Crump

Other Cook County, Illinois exonerations with no crime
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On June 5, 2011, 23-year-old Stephen Crump was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On July 6, 2011, Crump pled guilty in Cook County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years on probation.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Crump 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.

Crump subsequently filed a motion to vacate the conviction based on the Aguilar ruling. After the motion was granted, Crump’s conviction on the gun charge was vacated, and the case was dismissed. By that time, Crump was serving a 65-year prison term after being convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder in 2015 in Chicago.

On April 14, 2022, Crump was granted a certificate of innocence. He applied for state compensation, and, in August 2022, the Illinois Court of Claims awarded him $24,000.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 10/31/2022
Last Updated: 10/31/2022
State:Illinois
County:Cook
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2011
Convicted:2011
Exonerated:2022
Sentence:Probation
Race/Ethnicity:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:23
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No