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Mansur Shakirov apologizes to the family of Chris Brown before he was sentenced in 2014 for the death of the Hudson volunteer firefighter during proceedings at the McLean County Law and Justice Center. Shakirov was sentenced to four years in prison.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has declined a review of an appellate decision that overturned the conviction of a truck driver involved in a 2013 crash that killed Hudson firefighter Chris Brown.

Shakirov's lawyer, Chris Gramm said, "I’m glad that our legal system finally did right by him. I knew it would once emotion was removed, and the law followed. We are going to explore filing for a certificate of innocence so that he can be compensated for the time he was wrongfully imprisoned."

If granted by the court, a certificate of innocence would allow the 32-year-old Washington truck driver to receive a payment from the state for the four-year sentence he served after a jury convicted him.

The appellate court ruled that the evidence against Shakirov was below what was needed for conviction.

Brown, 39, also was a career Bloomington firefighter who was struck and killed by a Shakirov's semitrailer truck as it slid toward emergency workers who were working a separate accident on an icy stretch of Interstate 39 north of Bloomington.

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