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.
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.