PEORIA — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against the city of Peoria and some of its former police officers alleging they conspired with others to falsely prosecute a man for a robbery and sexual assault more than 20 years ago.

Christopher L. Coleman had sued the city and several former officers, including Patrick Rabe, Terry Pyatt, Timothy Anderson and Michael Ford. The lawsuit stated the officers had fabricated evidence against in connection with a 1994 home invasion, which led to Coleman receiving a 60-year prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow sided with the city and the former officers last week on their motion for summary judgment. Such a motion tends to state the suit has no factual points to contest and should be tossed.

In her 30-page opinion, Darrow, who presides in Rock Island, wrote Coleman's camp didn't provide evidence to back up his allegations.

"And (Coleman) does not provide evidence that could prove up the 'hallmark' of a fabrication claim: Plaintiff provides no evidence that defendant officers provided Miller with what to say, told her who to identify, or otherwise forced her to give testimony that they knew to be untrue," she wrote.

An attorney for City Hall said the move was a good one.

“Despite the claims made by Coleman, the evidence shows that the officers acted appropriately, there was probable cause to arrest Coleman, and that he received a fair trial in 1995,” said James Sotos, attorney for the city and the officers.

Coleman was convicted of armed robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault after the incident Aug. 22, 1994. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison and had to serve at least 30 years.

At trial, occupants of the house where the crimes occurred identified Coleman as among those who broke in. He has consistently maintained he wasn't there.

Since then, several people who weren't charged — and now can't be charged because the statute of limitations has expired — have said they were involved and Coleman was not.

Coleman's alibi was bolstered by a person who said during the post-conviction hearings in 2009 and 2010 that he would have testified during Coleman's initial hearing but he had been shot a few days earlier and was out of state being treated for his injuries.

Coleman's 1995 conviction was reversed in 2013, resulting in his release from prison after he had been incarcerated 19 years.

Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady opted last March not to prosecute Coleman again and dismissed the case. Coleman then opted to pursue a petition of innocence.

Andy Kravetz can be reached at 686-3283 and Follow him on Twitter @andykravetz.