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Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against 18 More Men Whose Convictions Are Tied To Corrupt Officer Ronald Watts

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Eighteen men convicted of various drug charges will be exonerated next week, when Cook County prosecutors plan to drop charges tied to corrupt former police officer Ronald Watts.

A spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's office confirmed charges would be thrown out on Monday for 18 men whose cases are connected to Watts.

It's the second mass exoneration of defendants tied to Watts in the past year.

Four years ago, Watts and Officer Kallatt Mohammad were sentenced to nearly two years in prison, for stealing thousands of dollars from a drug suspect who turned out to be an FBI informant.

In their guilty pleas, Watts and Mohammed admitted to routinely extorting money from drug dealers.

Hundreds more exonerations could follow, as prosecutors continue to investigate allegations Watts and his crew also routinely framed suspects.

According to The Exoneration Project, a group of attorneys representing men with cases tied to Watts, the 18 men whose convictions will be tossed out on Monday include:

Individual # of Convictions Sentence (or Time Served) Attorney
Landon Allen 1 Probation Exoneration Project
Deandre Bell 2 Probation Exoneration Project
Bobby Coleman 1 4 Years Exoneration Project
Joshua Curtis 1 4 years Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Milton Delaney 1 1 Year Exoneration Project
Cleon Glover 1 3 Years Exoneration Project
Rickey Henderson 4 3 years; 18 months; 42 months; 4 years Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Brian Hunt 1 Probation Exoneration Project
Goleather Jefferson 1 1 year Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Larry Lomax 1 Probation Exoneration Project
Willie Martin 1 3-1/2 Years Exoneration Project
James Moore 1 1 Year Exoneration Project
George Ollie 1 2 years Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Mister Lucky Pearson 1 4 Years Exoneration Project
Nephus Thomas 1 4 years Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Vondell Wilbourn 2 18 months; 4 years Kenneth N. Flaxman, P.C
Gregory Warren 1 Probation Exoneration Project
Martez Wise 1 1 Year Exoneration Project

Credit: The Exoneration Project

Allen claims he was stopped by police in 2004 after parking his car near the Ida B. Wells housing complex and searched by police, who planted drugs on him and stole his money after calling Watts to the scene.

Bell claims Watts tricked his sister-in-law into letting him enter the apartment, where he grabbed Bell and planted drugs on him, then beat and arrested him.

Henderson claims Watts and his team repeatedly harassed and arrested him on false charges over a period of four years, resulting in four convictions.

According to The Exoneration Project, at least 42 people have had their convictions thrown out based on allegations they were framed by Watts and his officers.

Last November, prosecutors threw out charges against 15 defendants in one day based on allegations against Watts.

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