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State's longest serving prisoner seeks release

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:33:13 CDT
By: AP

A man convicted 51 years ago in a fatal beating at Starved Rock State Park is again asking the state's parole board to set him free. Seventy-three-year-old Chester Weger testified Wednesday that he's innocent of murder. Weger adds that, even if he is guilty, he's too old now to be a danger to society. Weger received a life sentence for the 1960 murder of Lillian Oetting, who was bludgeoned to death at Starved Rock.   LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne says he told the Illinois Prisoner Review Board he'd oppose Weger returning to LaSalle County if he's released. Towne says Weger's age might make him less of a danger but having the man once called the "Starved Rock Murderer" again living near the state park would harm the community.

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