A $100 million lawsuit filed on behalf of Ryan Ferguson could be settled for less.
Ferguson spent nearly a decade in prison for the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt before the conviction was overturned last year.
The civil rights lawsuit accuses former Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and others with intentional, malicious defamation. Fergusonâ??s father said Crane, who is now a judge, should be punished for pressuring witnesses to lie during his sonâ??s murder trial.
Bill Ferguson said, â??We want to have Kevin Crane step up and take responsibility for his actions. If he would do that and accept a jail sentence, a substantial jail sentence for his criminal activities that were proven by the western district court, then this money amount would be significantly less.â??
KRCG 13 reached out to Judge Crane several times, but received no response. Bill Ferguson said a victory would still bring justice to his family.
Bill Ferguson said, â??A high dollar figure, I think, will send a message to taxpayers that they need to be real careful about whom they put in these positions of power like the prosecuting attorney.â??
Former Police Chief Randy Boehm said he had no comment. Former investigator Steven Monticelli who is also named in the lawsuit did not return any calls. Fergusonâ??s attorney Kathleen Zellner had no comment, but a spokesman at her Chicago office said the lawsuit speaks for itself.
We also reached out to Ryan Ferguson who is in New York looking for a job, but did not hear back.
Bill Ferguson believes it will be at least 3 years before the lawsuit is settled.