Man exonerated of murder at age 13, charged with new crime

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CHICAGO — A man who won a $25 million award in 2012 for a wrongful murder conviction as a youth has been charged in a Chicago shooting.

Authorities say Thaddeus Jimenez was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery and weapons violations in the shooting of a 33-year-old man in what is being called an internal gang dispute. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

According to police accounts, Jimenez on Monday pointed a handgun at the unidentified victim's head before shooting him in both legs.

Jimenez was 13 years old when convicted in 1993 for the murder of 19-year-old Eric Morro. Jimenez served 16 years in prison before prosecutors in 2009 asked a judge to vacate his conviction.

Jimenez sued the city of Chicago and several officers, claiming police ignored evidence against another teen.