Miguel Roman Exonerated in Connecticut


After serving more than two decades in Connecticut prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Miguel Roman was freed in December due to DNA evidence of his innocence. Today, his name was fully cleared as a Connecticut judge dropped all charges pending against him. He becomes the 235th person exonerated in the United States and the second in Connecticut.

Miguel Roman's family and friends cheered Thursday as Judge David Gold dismissed the charges. Roman had been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1988 murder of his girlfriend, 17-year-old Carmen Lopez, but recent DNA tests showed could not have been the killer.

"I'm glad to have everything finished," Roman said after the hearing. "I've got my freedom, and that's it."

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. (Associated Press, 04/02/2009)

Roman was represented by the

Connecticut Innocence Project

, a member of the

Innocence Network



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