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Michael Hanline, wrongly convicted in 1978 killing, freed
Michael Hanline, wrongly convicted in 1978 killing, freed

When he first stepped outside, Michael Hanline looked up at the sky as if for the first time. Wearing a dark sweatshirt with "XONER8" across the front, his white hair pulled into a ponytail and a cane in hand, California's longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate walked out of jail Monday a free man. His wife, Sandee, had brought him his cowboy boots, which she had kept clean and shiny over the last three decades, but they would not fit over his GPS ankle bracelet. Instead, he wore white sneakers. Get our Essential California newsletter delivered to your inbox for all the week's don't-miss stories Hanline, 69, was released from the Ventura County jail...

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