Reputed Chicago gang member, killer set for prison release
CHICAGO – A convicted murderer who is suspected of belonging to the notorious “Ripper Crew” that killed as many as 20 Chicago-area women in the 1980s is scheduled for release from prison this week.
The Chicago Tribune reports that 58-year-old Thomas Kokoraleis was sentenced to life in prison for the 1982 slaying of 21-year-old Lorraine “Lorry” Ann Borowski. Prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty on appeal in exchange for a 70-year prison term. That deal allows for his release Friday.
An Illinois Prisoner Review Board spokesman says the state is legally required to release Kokoraleis because he has served the maximum possible amount of time on that sentence.
Kokoraleis was denied release in September 2017 after he failed to find an approved place to live in violation of parole-eligibility requirements.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com