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.