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Records: Exonerated Illinois Man to Receive $14M Settlement

Christopher Abernathy's lawyers said he has learning disabilities and was coerced into signing a statement implicating himself

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    Christopher Abernathy left prison in February 2015 when a judge vacated his life sentence at the request of prosecutors.

    The now 52-year-old was convicted in the 1984 death of Kristina Hickey, who had gone missing after a choir concert at Rich East High School in Park Forest. Her body was found two days later.

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    The Chicago Tribune reports an agreement signed last month shows two insurers agreed to pay $13.5 million on behalf of the village and its police. Records show the village will pay $200,000.