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Infamous “Starved Rock murderer” up for parole again

Posted by wlpo on October 27, 2016

The state’s longest serving inmate is trying yet again to get out on parole.

Seventy-seven-year-old Chester Weger of Oglesby was denied parole last December for the 20th time. On Wednesday he got his turn once again to plead his case to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Last year the board voted 9 to 4 in favor of keeping him behind bars for killing a suburban Chicago woman at Starved Rock State Park in 1960. Two other women were also killed but Weger was only charged in one death. The crime has become known as the “Starved Rock Murders”.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne testified last week and again argued how it would send the wrong message to the community about guilt or innocence if they let Weger go free. The parole board is expected to decide on Weger’s fate within the next two months.

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