Suburban man convicted of sexual assault, murder of toddler in 1997 released from prison

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DIXON, Ill. — A man from suburban Elgin who sexually assaulted and murdered a toddler in 1997 was released from prison Thursday.

Cayce Williams served half of his 48-year sentence for killing 20-month-old Quortney Kley. Williams was released from the Dixon Correctional Center on Thursday.

The child was the daughter of his then-girlfriend. He was watching the toddler while her mother was at work.

An autopsy showed the child died of blunt force trauma.

At the time of the murder, Williams was required to serve the entire sentence and 85% of a criminal sexual assault. However, that law was later ruled unconstitutional.

Quortney’s father, Jesse Kley ,was outside the prison to protest the release. Kley said he wants people to be aware that Williams is getting out and will be back out on the streets. He said his daughter will not be forgotten.

“I just want to get the awareness out that he is back on street,” Kley said. “Mainly let him know that she is not forgotten. His time may be done here but she’s not forgotten”

Williams registered as a child murderer and sexual predator with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office with an address in unincorporated Crystal Lake. After registering with police, the local school district was notified of Williams’ criminal convictions and his registered address.

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