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Reckless Homicide Reversed in Illinois Firefighter’s Death

April 9, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A state appeals court has reversed the reckless homicide conviction of a semitrailer driver accused of killing a firefighter from a central Illinois village.

The Pantagraph reports the court ruled Wednesday that evidence against Mansur Shakirov fell short of proving beyond reasonable doubt that he caused Hudson firefighter Chris Brown’s death.

The truck Shakirov was driving struck and killed Brown in 2013 as emergency workers responded to an accident on an icy stretch of highway.

Shakirov, who was convicted in 2014, has completed his four-year prison term. His lawyer, Chris Gramm, says the reversal of his conviction and sentence would remove the felony from his record and clear his name.

McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers says his office will review the ruling to determine if the Illinois Supreme Court would be asked to review the decision.

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