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Suspect in Horseshoe Lake murder, released early for previous murder

A convicted murderer who was released from prison early, is charged for murdering a second person and dumping the body in Horseshoe Lake.

Scott Thompson was convicted of murder in 1989, but was released in February of this year after serving just 24 years of his 45-year sentence.

Now investigators believe Thompson killed 20-year-old Dakota Jones and left his body in the lake. Thompson was released because his conviction predated Illinois' "truth in sentencing" laws. The new rules require that murderers serve their entire sentence.

Thompson faces two counts of first-degree murder.

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