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Convicted Murderer Getting Second Chance

Posted by wlpo on July 22, 2010

A convicted murderer from Streator was back in La Salle County Court yesterday.

43 year old James Alvarado was awarded a new trial by the Third District Appellate Court.  He was given the services of a public defender in court yesterday and will another hearing July 30th.

Alvarado was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife Angela at their rural Streator home in October of 2006.  He was sentenced by Judge H. Chris Ryan in July of 2007.

However the appellate court ruled Alvarado should get a new trial believing that Judge Ryan and States Attorney Brian Towne erred by not allowing a witness to talk about an alleged affair Alvarado’s wife was having.  Alvarado testified that he found out about the affair, “blacked out” and accidentally shot his wife.

Alvarado is being held at the La Salle County Jail on a million dollars bond.

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