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Illinois Prisoner Review Board hears clemency case for Montgomery cancer patient in prison after he ordered 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate

By Megan Jones Aurora Beacon-News | Oct 09, 2019 | 5:48 PM The sister of a Montgomery cancer patient who is serving a four-year prison sentence for ordering 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate pleaded to members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board Wednesday that she fears her brother will die in jail. “He should not […]

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October 10, 2019

Batavia school bus aide, 79, charged with sexual abuse

Harry Hitzeman Updated 8/29/2019 12:17 PM A Batavia school bus monitor is free on bond after his arrest on charges he sexually abused and exposed himself to a student. Ronald A. Spychalski, 79, of the 200 block of Chasse Circle, St. Charles, faces felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a […]

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September 3, 2019

Man Imprisoned For Buying 42 Pounds Of THC-Chocolate Presses Pritzker For Clemency

Jim Gudas August 24, 2019 – 10:50 am Thomas J. Franzen | Kane County state’s attorney’s office CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Thomas Franzen of Montgomery got four years in prison for ordering 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate in 2014. The Daily Herald reports Kane County prosecutors accused Franzen of being a drug dealer. Franzen’s lawyer David […]

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August 27, 2019

Clemency hearing set for incarcerated cancer patient

Attorney tells of client’s suffering: ‘He’s in constant pain.’ By BRENDA SCHORYEmailFollow 7:30 pm Caption The clemency hearing for an 11-year cancer patient has been scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago Thomas J. Franzen, 37, of Montgomery, was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to […]

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August 14, 2019

11-year cancer patient seeks clemency from prison sentence for marijuana possession

11-year cancer patient seeks clemency from prison sentence for marijuana possession ‘His release as soon as possible would serve the interests of justice’ By BRENDA SCHORYEmailFollow July 27, 2019 Caption Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to consider an 11-year cancer patient’s petition to receive a pardon or have his four-year prison sentence commuted. On May […]

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July 29, 2019