A man who spent more than 19 years in prison for a wrongful conviction in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Waukegan girl has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation. The federal lawsuit filed by Juan Rivera Jr. accuses Lake County and several officials of coercing a confession from him and conspiring to deprive him of constitutional rights. Rivera was convicted in 1993 of raping Holly Staker and stabbing her to death the previous summer. Rivera was 19 and in prison for burglary when he was arrested. An Illinois appellate court threw out his conviction late last year based on DNA evidence. Rivera was released from prison in January.
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