Cleve Heidelberg Dies Free at 75

Mar 26, 2018

Cleve Heidelberg (right), grins as he speaks to reporters on the day of his release from prison on May 22, 2017. (File Photo)
Credit Peoria Public Radio

Ten months after his release from prison, Cleve Heidelberg is dead. The 75-year old was in failing health at the time of his release last spring. He was found in an apartment in the 4200 block of Knollridge Rd. with no external trauma or sign of injury according to Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.


Heidelberg was released after serving more than 47-years in prison. He was convicted of murdering Peoria County Sheriff Sgt. Raymond Espinoza in 1970. His conviction was vacated last April.


The coroner says the autopsy completed yesterday is inconclusive. Harwood says additional testing and toxicology will be necessary to determine the exact cause of Heidelberg’s death.