One week ago, his family clinked champagne glasses to toast his overturned conviction.
Now, Fernando Bermudez is getting ready to join his loved ones in celebration.
But last week, a judge ruled that Bermudez was innocent of the crime. Authorities kept him locked up, though, because of an old sentence for a drug conviction that wouldn't automatically count as time served.
But on Thursday a federal judge in White Plains ordered Bermudez released.
His attorney, Barry Pollack, told NBC New York, "I hope as soon as tomorrow, but do not yet know for sure."