East St. Louis teen to receive $900K settlement

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The St. Clair County board approved a $900,000 settlement Monday night to an East St. Louis teen who says he was coerced into giving a false confession.  Prosecutors charged then 17-year-old Trevon Yates in August 2013 with the robbery of a couple who was lured to a Belleville parking lot through a Craigslist sale.

Yates attorneys say he repeatedly professed his innocence and asked for his mother many times.

The attorneys say detectives coerced a confession from him. They also stated that Yates has diminished ability and didn’t understand what he was doing.

Charges were dismissed after Yates spent nine months in jail.