Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Angel Gonzalez

First Name Angel
Last NameGonzalez
Year of Conviction1995
Year of Exoneration2015
State of ConvictionIllinois
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeHispanic
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
  • Eyewitness
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Identity of eyewitness
  • Cross Racial Identification
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Showup
Suggestive Procedures

Yes ● Show-up – conducted with defendant placed in handcuffs while victim in patrol car

Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

● Statement described where and how assault occurred in "the area of Belvidere Park" ● Assault began in car and then on ground near "evergreen trees" BUT – statement Gonzalez wrote in Spanish did not resemble statement translated into English

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Prosecutor argued that confession statement had “numerous consistencies,” including where and how the assault occurred in “the area of Belvidere Park,” with the assault beginning in a car, and then on the ground near “these evergreen trees,” matching what victim had described.

Interrogation RecordedWritten and signed confession statement; only video of Miranda warnings being administered
Highest level reachedState Post­ Conviction
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