Illinois Innocence Project Works To Free Man Accused Of Killing Infant Son


Twelve years ago, a man in Rock Island County pleaded guilty to murdering his own son. Nathaniel Onsrud was sentenced to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. But 13 years after the child’s death, Nathaniel Onsrud walked out of Menard Correctional Center. That’s thanks to the work of the Illinois Innocence Project, which is part of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The 21st speaks to the legal experts who worked on the case. 


Lauren Kaeseberg, Chicago Legal Director of the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield

Michael Oppenheimer, Attorney at Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd.

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