Judge Overturns Life Sentence for Philadelphia Man After Nearly 28 Years

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The Philadelphia prosecutor’s office released a Black man sentenced to life in prison for murder after deciding he was “likely innocent.” 

Chester Hollman III, 48, was freed from state prison in Luzerne County by Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn Bright on July 15, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The formal dismissal of the charges against the 48-year-old will be confirmed later this month.

Hollman was convicted for a murder in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square in 1991, WCAU reported. Assistant District Attorney Patricia Cummings accused the former officers and prosecutors of Hollman’s case of hiding evidence that pointed to other suspects in the murder of University of Pennsylvania student Tae-Jung Ho in August 1991, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. During a news conference after Hollman’s release, Cummings called out the officers for suppressing the evidence.

“It was pretty clear to us that unfortunately the Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office actually…

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