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A Chicago man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a double murder before prosecutors dismissed his conviction filed a federal lawsuit Monday that alleges police and prosecutors coerced him into confessing to a crime he did not commit.
Deon Patrick, 42, was serving a sentence of life without parole before he was released from prison in January.
"I can never get back what they’ve taken from me," Patrick said in an interview following a news conference with his attorneys. "I just want to be able to take care of my family, make sure my kids are OK, make sure their kids are OK. That’s what I’m trying to do with this lawsuit."
Patrick was a co-defendant of Daniel Taylor, who was convicted in the same November 1992 double murder even though records showed he was in a North Side police lockup when the murders occurred. Taylor, Patrick and six co-defendants all confessed, implicating each other – seemingly giving strength to the confessions that were the centerpiece of the prosecution.
But the records that showed Taylor was in the lockup ultimately undermined the cases. Taylor was freed last summer after Cook County prosecutors moved to drop his conviction. Patrick’s release followed, and both have since obtained certificates of innocence in Cook County Circuit Court. Taylor also has sued police and prosecutors over allegations they conspired to cover up evidence of his innocence.
Authorities alleged that Taylor, Patrick and two others shot Sharon…