Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Former inmate addresses students who helped set him free

A man who spent more than 14-years in jail for a crime he did not commit is speaking out for the first time. The last decade has been a whirlwind for Anthony Murray.

He was convicted of killing a man in Centralia in the 1980's, but did not do it. Murray was sentenced to 45-years in prison.

He spent 14-years locked up waiting for a second chance. He got that chance with a group of students from the University of Illinois Springfield.

After studying law in the prison library, Murray wrote a petition and sent it to the UIS Innocence Project. It's a group he says became like family. Using new evidence, the students were able to prove Murray innocent.

He took a plea deal and was set free. Murray says he plans to start a non-profit group to stop the violence in his hometown of Chicago.

The story was featured by WCIA-TV on March 25, 2013.

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