Pritzker commutes sentence of man convicted of double murder

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has commuted the sentence of a man who claimed he was framed by Chicago police detectives for a 1990 double murder.

Gerald Reed was granted a new trial in 2018 on claims he was tortured into a false murder confession by detectives working for notorious police commander Jon Burge.

But last year a Cook County judge ruled the 57-year-old Reed should stay in prison because the statement resulting from the alleged abuse was never used against him during trial.

Reed has spent 29 years in prison for the fatal shootings of Pamela Powers and Willie Williams. Defense attorney Elliot Zinger says despite the commutation, he will continue to push to have Reed’s conviction vacated.