Casciaro’s attorneys have said prosecutors had no physical evidence to connect Casciaro to the crime and suggested other reasons for the prosecution.
This comes two years after Casciaro was released from prison after his conviction for the 2002 murder of Brian Carrick was overturned.
Casciaro said settling the lawsuit “was the best way to move forward.” He is working with the Federal Defender’s office in Chicago and is halfway through law school.
“I had to sell everything I owned and borrow from every person I know to fight this case; I am so thankful to the community, family and friends for all of the support,” he said. “This event devastated my life.
“I hope that I can get a certificate of innocence as I have had many problems with people running background checks. I was denied several apartments because landlords didn’t want me as a tenant because of the murder conviction. Four years of my life were taken from me.”
He declined to comment on the amount of the settlement.
Zellner could not immediately be reached Friday.
Kenneally said Casciaro’s lawsuit included “a baseless and false allegation against a member of the state’s attorney’s office.” He said the insurance will pick up $45,000 and the county will pick up the rest.
“Our acceptance is in no way a recognition of wrongdoing on the part of this office,” Kenneally said in a statement. “We remain confident that the office properly brought charges against Mr. Casciaro and maintained the highest level of professionalism and integrity throughout the prosecution, which resulted in a jury of 12 citizens finding Mr. Casciaro guilty of felony murder beyond a reasonable doubt.”