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Man Wrongly Convicted of 4 Murders at 14 to Be Freed

Davontae Sanford was sentenced to 37 to 90 years in prison

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    Man Wrongly Convicted of 4 Murders at Age 14 to Be Freed
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    This Aug. 7, 2007, photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Davontae Sanford. A judge on June 7, 2016, ordered the release of Sanford who is in prison after pleading guilty to killing four people at age 14, a crime for which a professional hit man later took responsibility.

    A 23-year-old man who has been wrongly incarcerated for the murder of four people at a Detroit drug house will walk out of prison a free man, NBC News reported.

    In September 2007, police found Davontae Sanford — who was 14 at the time — in his pajamas near the crime scene, and announced that he confessed after two days of interrogation. Sanford was sentenced to 37 to 90 years in prison. 

    Prosecutors now acknowledge Sanford didn’t commit the crime. 

    A hit man who is already in prison for other murders gave police a detailed affidavit in March 2015 saying he was responsible for the homicides — and that Sanford had no part in the crime. 

    Sanford’s upcoming release adds him to a list of convicted Americans later found to be wrongly imprisoned. Last year, 149 people were exonerated or had their convictions overturned, according to the University of Michigan Law School’s National Registry of Exonerations.