Bruscato Objects to Release of 1970 Murder Convict

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that he attended the Calvin Madison parole protest hearing at the Dixon Correctional Center, where he offered testimony and objected to the release of Calvin Madison. Bruscato was joined by Penny (Hogan) Evans, niece of John Hogan, who testified as well in protest.

In 1970, Calvin Madison, 65, was convicted of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery relating to the death of 19-year-old John Hogan. Madison shot Hogan four times in the head during a robbery of the gas station where Hogan worked. Hogan died from those wounds. Madison was initially sentenced to death. A couple of years later, the United States Supreme Court found the then-existing Illinois death penalty statute unconstitutional. Madison was resentenced to serve 75 to 150 years of imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Madison’s criminal background included convictions for Armed Robbery and Theft.

Bruscato said, “We firmly believe that the release of Calvin Madison would endanger the people of Winnebago County and would deprecate the seriousness of his offense.”

Calvin Madison’s sentence was entered pursuant to the former indeterminate sentencing system, under which a prison sentence consisted of a range of imprisonment and the prisoner would be considered for parole after serving a portion of the sentence. The Prisoner Review Board has the discretion to grant parole. This is Calvin Madison’s 32nd parole hearing.

As of February 1, 1978, all prison sentences in Illinois are determinate, meaning that the convicted person is sentenced to a specific sentence. Determinate sentences are followed by a term of mandatory supervised release, which is similar to parole.

For more information please contact Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato at (815) 319-4700.

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