On May 1, 2017, Ryan Bell filed a Petition seeking Executive Clemency from Governor Rauner. This is Mr. Bell’s latest attempt to get his sentence of 20 years reduced. Mr. Bell was convicted of the brutal sexual assault of a minor in 2006 in Aledo.

On May 1, 2017, Ryan Bell filed a Petition seeking Executive Clemency from Governor Rauner. This is Mr. Bell’s latest attempt to get his sentence of 20 years reduced. Mr. Bell was convicted of the brutal sexual assault of a minor in 2006 in Aledo. All prior attempts for post-conviction relief and appeals have been denied. Mr. Bell submitted a packet and supporting letters claiming he is a changed person and that his mental capacity at 18 years old could not grasp the severity of his actions. In his Clemency Petition he never accepts responsibility for his conduct that night. Letters have been prepared and sent to the Prisoner Review Board and Governor Rauner in opposition to his request.

Our current State’s Attorney Meeghan N. Lee, former State’s Attorney Gregory McHugh, Lt. Nick Seefeld, Ret. Illinois State Police Investigator Ryan Tone, Victim Advocate Linda Schroeder and the victim herself, all wrote letters requesting that Mr. Bell’s Petition be denied.

Mr. Bell goes before the Prisoner Review Board in July 2017, the decision may take several months. We are in hopes that Governor Rauner and the Prisoner Review Board will take into consideration the emotional toll this has taken on Mr. Bell’s victim over the years. She has been made to relive this nightmare every time Mr. Bell seeks alternative sentencing. Mr. Bell must stop making excuses for his conduct and should be made to serve the entirety of his sentence.

Meeghan N. Lee