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Wrongfully convicted Illinois man freed after nearly 30 years in prison
Wrongfully convicted Illinois man freed after nearly 30 years in prison

An Illinois man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the murder of a 15-year-old girl was freed Wednesday after DNA evidence exonerated him, prosecutors said. Christopher Abernathy, 48, left Statesville Correctional Center near Joliet a free man after a judge vacated his conviction and life sentence. He walked out of the prison and straight into his mother’s arms, said Lauren Kaeseberg, his attorney. Prosecutors said extensive DNA testing ordered last year had excluded Abernathy from every piece of evidence in which DNA was obtained. "This day is more than 10,000 days overdue," Ann Kolus, Abernathy’s mother, said in a statement released by Sergio...

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