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IL State Police violated FOIA in Molly Young case

Attorney General: ISP violated FOIA in Molly Young case

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Larry Young has hit numerous roadblocks, but has shown no signs of giving up.

A recent decision from the Illinois Attorney General's Office was a small victory for the father of Molly Young.

On Monday, The Illinois Attorney General's Office sent a notice to Larry Young and the legal counsel for the Illinois State Police saying it has been determined that State Police improperly withheld records sought by Larry Young in January of 2014. 

Since March of 2012, Larry has been fighting to learn the truth about what happened to his 21-year-old daughter.

Molly was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head at her ex-boyfriend's Carbondale apartment.

The boyfriend was a Carbondale police dispatcher at the time.

There's no question how she died, but the manner of her death has never been determined.

A coroner's jury could not decide whether it was suicide, homicide, or accidental.

No charges have ever been brought in this case, but the case does remain open.

Back in January 2014, Larry submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Illinois State Police seeking all records pertaining to the death of his daughter, including audio and video recordings.

Larry Young appealed to the top Illinois prosecutor's Public Access Bureau after the State Police denied those records.

The law enforcement agency said that it had already provided Young with all the records he was legally entitled to receive.
    
The Public Access Bureau determined that Illinois State Police violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to sustain its burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that it previously provided or properly denied some of the responsive records.

The bureau directs ISP to provide Mr. Young with copies of all of the responsive records, subject only to redaction of birth dates and "private information" as defined in FOIA.

Larry Young released this following statement:

"It is a travesty that any victim's family would have to endure for years the withholding of the truth of what happened to their loved one," said Young. "The two year statute of limitations for official misconduct needs to be changed to no limitation when a death is involved. It is obvious that this case has been stalled past the statute of limitations which is a disgrace. It is time for an independent investigator from outside this area to be appointed and investigate it as a homicide."

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