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Settlement reached in suit filed by exonerated men

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CHICAGO (AP) - The attorneys for five men convicted and later exonerated of the 1991 rape and murder of a suburban Chicago girl, say a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against Illinois State Police.

The convictions of the men, who already served lengthy prison sentences, were vacated by Cook County prosecutors after DNA evidence linked another man to the crime.

The men were convicted in the death of Cateresa Matthews of Dixmoor. No one has been charged in her death.

Attorneys say they will discuss the settlement with state police on Wednesday. The city of Dixmoor hasn't agreed to settlement terms.

Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr were freed in 2011 after 19 years in prison. Shainne Sharp and Robert Veal were released after 10 years of imprisonment.

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