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Wrongfully Convicted Man Spends 20 Years in Prison, Dies after Release

Sep 24, 2014

A wrongfully convicted man who spent more than two decades in prison dies only 20 months after being released, Reuters reports. The New York man was wrongfully convicted of shooting and killing a suspected drug dealer in 1989. But after the discovery of faulty evidence and the recanting of a witness testimony, a federal judge threw out the conviction last year.

According to Reuters, the man died in his Bronx home of complications from an asthma attack at the age of 55. He had hoped to go to school and help others who have been wrongfully convicted. He was also looking forward to traveling and developing a relationship with his adult daughter, who was a year old at the time of his imprisonment, his attorney said.

In June, he filed a $124 million lawsuit against the city for malicious prosecution and violation of constitutional rights. He had been scheduled for a conference on the case Monday in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Court proceedings have been put on hold while his widow is made the holder of the estate. Afterwards, she can proceed with the lawsuit on his behalf.

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