(WLS/Meredith) -- An Illinois man convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a toddler in 1997 has been released from prison after serving half of his original sentence.

Cayce Williams served 24 years for the murder and sexual assault of 20-month-old Quortney Kley in 1997.

“We wanted the death penalty to begin with,” said Jesse Kley, the victim’s father.

Instead Williams pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 48 years, half of what he served.

The Truth-In-Sentencing Law would have kept the 47-year-old Williams in prison much longer, but it was struck down before later being reinstated.

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