Jack McCullough
Photo: Jack McCullough (right) speaks with the news media following a court hearing in April 2017. (WLBK photo)

Our sister station WLBK is reporting that the city of Seattle is paying $300,000 to settle a federal wrongful conviction lawsuit filed by the man whose conviction in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl was later vacated.

Jack McCullough was living in Seattle in 2011 when he was arrested and charged in the murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph. Three Seattle detectives assisted with the case.

McCullough was convicted in 2012 when Clay Campbell was DeKalb County State’s Attorney. After Campbell lost his re-election bid, the next state’s attorney, Richard Schmack, said he had found evidence that proved McCullough was in Rockford at the time of Ridulph’s disappearance from Sycamore.

McCullough’s conviction was vacated in 2016 and he was issued a certificate of innocence the following year. McCullough then filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit in federal court.

The city of Sycamore was also a defendant in the lawsuit and settled with McCullough for $350,000 in 2017. The settlement was paid by Sycamore’s insurance company.