Terrence Shannon Jr. not guilty; ‘everyone owes him an apology’


The story originally appeared in The News Gazette:

A Douglas County jury on Thursday acquitted former Illini star Terrence Shannon Jr. of rape after deliberating less than two hours.

After the jury was dismissed, the courtroom erupted in cheers and high-fives as the former Illinois player hugged members of his family and other supporters. His attorneys, speaking outside the courthouse, said that Shannon was owed an apology for having endured the ordeal based on what they had described as the flimsiest of evidence.

“He took a lot of ridicule from the court of public opinion, but now that the jury of his peers have spoken, I think everyone owes him an apology,” his Chicago-based attorney Mark Sutter said.

Read more news coverage below:


Terrence Shannon Jr’s Chicago-based attorney Mark Sutter said in closing arguments that he was glad to not live in Kansas because he would be in fear of a prosecutor’s office that would charge a man with rape with so little evidence.


“We’re happy with the outcome,” said Mark Sutter, one of Shannon’s attorneys. “Terrence Shannon Jr. finally got his day in court. We denied the allegations back in September and on that date, we pledged that one day soon, we would have our day…”


Former Illini star Terrence Shannon Jr. was found not guilty of rape and sexual assault on Thursday in a case involving allegations over an incident that happened near the University of Kansas campus in September. 


Sutter said although there were no immediate plans to seek damages against anyone involved in the case, he and his colleagues were “planning to circle the wagons” and consider their options once he returns to Chicago.

Mike talks to Terrence Shannon Jr’s lead attorney Mark Sutter. They talk: Working across state lines,  Coordinating efforts to make TSJ’s case,  Jury Selection, Putting TSJ on the stand, and more.

Sutter Law Group is dedicated to defending the rights of their clients in criminal cases by providing personalized and vigorous legal representation. We meticulously analyze each case, gathering evidence, and scrutinizing every detail to build a robust defense strategy. Mark Sutter is well-versed in criminal law and leverages his extensive courtroom experience to challenge prosecutions and negotiate favorable outcomes.

Sutter Law Group emphasizes open communication, ensuring clients are well-informed and involved throughout the legal process. By combining legal expertise, strategic planning, and a client-centered approach, Sutter Law Group strives to secure the best possible results for their clients

If you or a loved one are located in Illinois or Arizona and have been accused of something you didn’t commit, call Sutter Law Group today to receive a free consultation on your case. 

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