A Cook County judge has reportedly thrown out eight more convictions tied to corrupt former Chicago Police sergeant Ronald Watts.
According to CBS Chicago, Cook County prosecutors moved to vacate the latest cases on Monday (October 3), which brings the number of thrown out convictions tied to Watts to at least 220.
Watts has been accused of regularly framing people at the former Ida B. Wells public housing complex. The move comes after a judge in April threw out 44 other convictions tied to Watts and his team of officers.
"Vacating these convictions provides just a fraction of relief for those who spent time in prison, away from their families, and we will never be able to give them that time back. We will continue to review these cases as we seek justice for all his victims," Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said in a statement, according to CBS Chicago. "I'm grateful for the attorneys in this office who continue to seek justice, restore trust, and address the historic inequities of Cook County's criminal justice system.”
Watts resigned from the police force prior to pleading guilty in 2012 to stealing from a homeless man who posed as a drug dealer as part of an undercover FBI sting operation. He admitted to extorting money from drug dealers and was sentenced to 22 months in prison. He’s also been accused of frequently planting evidence and fabricating charges.
In some cases, Watts’ victims refused to pay him money or did something that angered him. There appears to be no reason why anyone was targeted.