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Exonerated prisoner faces drug charges in New York

A New York man who was wrongfully imprisoned may be headed back if he is convicted on new charges. The man, who spent 15 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit, is faced with prison time for drug charges, according to police.

The 50-year-old man was indicted on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. The official charges come in the wake of an arrest that took place last October when officers purportedly located a small amount of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in the man's possession. A passenger in the man's car was also found to have heroin on his person.

It's likely very difficult for the man to consider the possibility of returning to prison. According to an assistant district attorney, the felony charges are in association with the heroin that was located in the vehicle while the misdemeanor charges are connected to the small amounts of both heroin and cocaine officers located. The man was originally released in 2007 after being behind bars for the murder of a woman in 1991. DNA evidence exonerated him of the crime and the state of New York paid him $2.6 million to compensate him for the time he spent in prison.

Given the injustice the man faced for being wrongfully imprisoned in the first place, he may choose to hire a strong defense to keep him out of prison this time around. A New York attorney can be a strong and trustworthy advocate during this time.

Source: Syracuse, "Wrongly imprisoned murder suspect now facing drug charges," Jim O'hara, Sept. 1, 2011

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