Juan Rivera receives $7.5 million settlement

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- Waukegan aldermen approved a $7.5 million settlement for Juan Rivera at city council on Tuesday.

Rivera was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in 1992.

An appellate court overturned that conviction in 2011.

Rivera then sued the city and county, receiving a total settlement of $20 million. It's the largest single wrongful conviction settlement in U.S. history.