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Fall means its time for another Chester Weger parole hearing

Posted by wlpo on October 23, 2015

So which camp are you in? The free Chester Weger side or the side who thinks he should spend the rest of his life in prison?

The state parole board is now taking testimony as part of Weger’s 20th parole hearing. Last year the parole board voted 9 to 3 to keep Weger in prison for the infamous “Starved Rock Murders” in 1960.

La Salle County States Attorney Brian Towne will once again plead his case that Weger should spend his life in prison. He says after talking to people directly involved in the case, reading transcripts and sifting through DNA, there’s no doubt Weger should stay in prison. Towne will talk to the parole board in Springfield next week.

Weger was convicted of killing Lillian Oetting at Starved Rock. Two other women were murdered but Weger wasn’t charged in their deaths.

The Oglesby man is now 76 years old and is the longest serving inmate in Illinois. He’s serving time at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center in southern Illinois.

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