conviction vacated

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Twenty minutes was all it took for a Peoria County Judge to vacate a man’s 47-year-old murder conviction.

A certificate of innocence has been handed a Chicago man whose conviction for the 1992 rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy was vacated last month.  The certificate will allow 55-year-old Mark Maxson to seek a nearly $200,000 reimbursement from the state for his wrongful conviction.