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Jury reaches verdict on whether man is sexually dangerous

The jury received the case of James Lopes at 9:30 a.m. Thursday after brief closing statements by prosecutors and Lopes, who is representing himself. They returned a verdict after less than an hour. Lopes now will be incarcerated in a treatment facility for an undetermined length of time. Lopes has remained in custody in the Madison County Jail in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, since April 2016, when he allegedly approached several young girls with their parents nearby.

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Man on trial says he would marry a child but isn’t a pedophile

The trial establishing whether James Lopes is sexually dangerous focused on his alleged actions in Collinsville IL and Edwardsville IL approaching young children and his history in Oregon, where a conviction was overturned by the state Supreme Court. Lopes trial began Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 with jury selection in Madison County court in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Man says religion allows sex with children. Jury will decide if he’s dangerous.

James Lopes is about to go on trial to determine whether he is sexually dangerous, and is representing himself in Madison County Circuit Court in Edwardsville, IL. Lopes posted a series of online videos shot in a Collinsville, IL park in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, promoting sexual relations with children as a religious rite, and has been charged with several felony and misdemeanor counts alleging he approached young children.

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Prante was convicted of murder in 1983. Will new DNA testing prove his innocence?

John Prante has served 34 years in prison for the murder of Karla Brown, but lawyers for two nonprofits have taken up his case as a possible wrongful conviction. They are requesting DNA testing that was not available when Brown was killed in 1978 in southern Illinois. The former prosecutor has protested the motion, calling it “intellectual malpractice by some eggheads from Chicago.”

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DNA testing sought in murder 34 years after accused went to prison

John Prante has served 34 years in prison for the murder of Karla Brown, but lawyers for two nonprofits have taken up his case as a possible wrongful conviction. They are requesting DNA testing that was not available when Brown was killed in 1978 in southern Illinois. Prante was sentenced to 75 years in 1983 and is due for release in 2019.

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More prison time for Southern Illinois man on drug, firearm charges

The U.S. attorney’s office this week said a 38-year-old Mount Vernon, Illinois, man received more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to dealing heroin and having a firearm as a previously convicted felon. L.C. Richardson had been charged with one count of unlawful distribution of heroin and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Edwardsville suspects spent $2K on stolen credit cards

Police with the Edwardsville Police Department in Edwardsville, Illinois, are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who might have been involved in a theft from a vehicle at the Edwardsville, Illinois YMCA. The suspects used stolen credit cards to buy gift cards at a Walgreens in north St. Louis city.

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Belleville man charged after injuring police officer

A Belleville, Illinois, man has been charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office after injuring a police officer who was trying to arrest him after a reported domestic battery call. The cop was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and the suspect was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting and causing injury to a police officer.

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Prosecutor responds to call for DNA testing in 1983 murder case

State's attorney Tom Gibbons says he will not oppose a motion for DNA testing in a case that convicted John Prante of murder in 1983 and sent him to prison.
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Prosecutor responds to call for DNA testing in 1983 murder case

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Woman charged with felony in connection with Monday incident near Marissa

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State's Attorney talks sentencing for man who shot at trooper

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Sex offender officiating Smithton school sports is charged