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    US Court Releases Wrongly Imprisoned Person After 33 Years in Jail

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    Former US sailor Keith Allen Harward was false imprisoned for 33 years and now released by the Virginian Supreme Court statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Supreme Court of the US state of Virginia ruled to release former sailor, who has been in prison for 33 years, due to his innocence, local media reported.

    This April 30, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Keith Allen Haward, convicted in 1982 of rape and murder in Newport News and serving a life sentence
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    This April 30, 2013 photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Keith Allen Haward, convicted in 1982 of rape and murder in Newport News and serving a life sentence

    Harward was convicted for the murder of Jesse Perron and sexual assault of Perron's wife in 1982. The sentence was awarded because of the alleged coincidence of Harward's DNA with the genetic material on the rape victim.

    The recent DNA tests failed to prove that Harward was involved in the crime and the court unanimously ordered to release Harward on Friday, Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper reported Thursday.

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    The newspaper added that the recent forensic inspection confirmed that the crime was conducted by Jerry L. Crotty, who used to be Harward's shipmate, which had already died in prison in 2006, being accused of abduction and attempted burglary.

    According to the Attorney General’s Office, Harward's case is the fifth Supreme Court of Virginia decision to provide a writ of actual innocence, based on new biological evidence.

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