Freedom after two decades for man convicted by 10-2 vote

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A Louisiana man who had served more than 20 years of a 99-year armed robbery sentence is being released.

Posted: Mar 27, 2021 8:40 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who had served more than 20 years of a 99-year armed robbery sentence is being released.

The Promise of Justice Initiative, a criminal justice advocacy group, says a witness against 42-year-old Jermaine Hudson recanted testimony that helped convict Hudson back in 2000.

Online court records show the New Orleans District Attorney's Office had already agreed to grant Hudson a new trial.

This, after District Attorney Jason Williams initiated a review of New Orleans cases in which people were convicted by non-unanimous jury votes.

On Friday (3/26/21), court records show, prosecutors agreed to end the case.

A judge ordered Hudson's immediate release.

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