Wrongfully accused Philadelphia man free after 2 decades

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit is a free man.

John Miller was released from prison on Wednesday after 22 years in prison. Surrounded by family outside a state prison 100 miles north of Philadelphia, he said it felt "surreal."

A jury in 1998 found Miller guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in a train station parking lot, even though there was no physical evidence of his involvement.

The key witness against him confessed multiple times to being the real shooter and even sent a letter to Miller's mother apologizing for lying.

Miller, now 44, contacted the Pennsylvania Innocence Project about eight years ago to help with an appeal.

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The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed with Miller's defense team that his prosecution was flawed and his conviction shouldn't stand.

On Wednesday morning, a judge set Miller free.

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