Tuesday, April 24, 2007
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A man who spent 25 years in prison for rape was exonerated Monday after a judge threw out his convictions because DNA evidence showed he couldn't have committed the attack.
Jerry Miller smiled and the courtroom erupted into cheers after Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane G. Cannon read the ruling that cleared him of all charges.
Miller, 48, had been found guilty of rape, robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery even though he testified he was at home watching television at the time of the 1981 attack.
He was paroled in March 2006 and now works two jobs and lives with a family member in a Chicago suburb.
"I want to get on with my life, start a life, have a life," Miller said after the hearing. "I'm just thankful for this day."