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Independence Takes On New Meaning For Freed St. Louis Man

ST. LOUIS, MO  –  Anthony Williams plans to enjoy this Independence Day like no other. The St. Louis man had his sentence of life without parole vacated by a judge last month and he walked free yesterday after a compromise with prosecutors that saw him re-sentenced to the 20 years he’d already served in prison […]

Independence Takes On New Meaning For Freed St. Louis Man

ST. LOUIS, MO  –  Anthony Williams plans to enjoy this Independence Day like no other.

The St. Louis man had his sentence of life without parole vacated by a judge last month and he walked free yesterday after a compromise with prosecutors that saw him re-sentenced to the 20 years he’d already served in prison for a 1993 murder.

Williams was originally sentenced to a life term without parole as a 14 year old after he was convicted in the murder of Cortez Andrews, 14, outside a St. Louis dance hall in 1993.

He has always proclaimed his innocence and last month Cole County Judge Daniel Green overturned Williams’ conviction, citing evidence withheld by prosecutors.

Green gave prosecutors until Thursday to decide whether to decide to retry Williams or release him.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that in a statement, the victim’s mother, Marilyn Sherrod,  said her son did not get a second chance and that she hoped Williams would take advantage of his.

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