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Man Gets Quinn Pardon for 1956 Shooting Death

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CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — A man once imprisoned for accidentally shooting his southern Illinois roommate to death nearly 60 years ago is among the latest to be pardoned by Illinois’ outgoing governor.

The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan reports that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s pardon of 73-year-old Fred Sinroll was among roughly 100 that Quinn granted as he prepares to leave office.

Sinroll had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the 1956 shooting death in which he accidentally killed his roommate with a 12-gauge shotgun he stored under his bed at their Carbondale apartment.

Sinroll was 20 at the time.

In 1957, Sinroll served five months of nights at a Vandalia prison and later spent three years on probation.

He now lives outside of Illinois.

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