Rockford man could seek clemency, might not win, lawyers say

ROCKFORD — For nearly eight years, a Rockford man who orchestrated a botched burglary that ended in the fatal shooting of one of his accomplices has sat in a prison cell.

Cody W. Moore, 28, resides in the Dixon Correctional Center, where he is serving a 30-year sentence for armed home invasion and involuntary manslaughter.

Almost three weeks ago, Justin D. Doyle, one of the teens inside that Stillman Valley home when their friend was fatally shot, walked out of a different prison as a free man. Doyle, now 24, was freed after his sentence was commuted to time served by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

But just because Doyle was released doesn’t mean Moore’s case will end the same way.

“Clemency is an extraordinary remedy,” said Doyle’s attorney, Steven Drizin, a law professor at Northwestern University. “It’s sort of a legal

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