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Ron Adams

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On March 11, 1996, 19-year-old Ron Adams was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm.

On May 29, 1996, Adams pled guilty in Cook County Circuit Court and was sentenced to two years on probation. In December 1990, his probation was revoked, and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

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

In 2020, Adams filed a motion to vacate the conviction based on the Aguilar ruling. After the motion was granted on November 11, 2020, the conviction on the gun charge was vacated, and the case was dismissed. By that time, Adams was serving a 45-year-old prison term after being convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery for a 2002 shooting.

Adams then sought a certificate of innocence. On April 29, 2022, a certificate of innocence was granted. In May 2022, Adams filed a claim for compensation from the Illinois Court of Claims.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 11/1/2022
Last Updated: 11/1/2022
State:Illinois
County:Cook
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1996
Convicted:1996
Exonerated:2022
Sentence:2 years
Race/Ethnicity:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:19
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No