Exonerated Philadelphia man out of prison after 24 years

2017-05-24 23:01
Attorney Marissa Bluestine  hugs Shaurn Thomas after he was freed. (Steven M Falk, The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Attorney Marissa Bluestine hugs Shaurn Thomas after he was freed. (Steven M Falk, The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

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Philadelphia - A Philadelphia man who was exonerated of murder has been released from prison after 24 years.

Shaurn Thomas' conviction was removed during a hearing on Tuesday, and he was released from the prison in Frackville that night.

The 43-year-old says he got to use a cellphone for the first time and plans to eat the Ultimate Feast at Red Lobster as his first meal.

Thomas was convicted of participating in the slaying of a businessman who was shot in 1990 while taking $25 000 to a cheque-cashing store.

Thomas claimed he was at a hearing on the day of the killing.

The jury wasn't swayed, and he earned a life sentence in 1993.

Thomas says he doesn't hold a grudge and never lost faith he would be freed.

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