Anthony Jakes and Robert Bouto walked outside as free men on April 30th thanks to
Cook County prosecutors. Both men had been charged with murder in separate cases. Jakes was arrested in 1991 for the murder of Rafael Garcia just months after his 15th birthday. He is now 41. Jakes gave a false confession after being beaten, threatened, and coerced by now-retired Chicago Detective Michael Kill, whose name has appeared on many recent wrongful conviction cases. Prosecutor Robert Milan determined that the evidence against him was not beyond a reasonable doubt and dismissed his case. Bouto was convicted in 1993 for a shooting death that occurred outside a Chicago high school. He was arrested at 17 and spent nearly 23 years in prison before being paroled in 2016. Chicago Detective Reynaldo Guevara was responsible for compiling false evidence against Bouto. Bouto claimed that Guevara has bullied witnesses into identifying him as the gunman. Guevara has been accused of misconduct in almost other 100 cases. A Cook County judge vacated Bouto’s conviction.