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Judge Throws out Kansas Man's Murder Conviction

ABC News
Jim Suhr, Associated Press
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"A man who served more than 15 years of a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law was freed Tuesday after his brother confessed in suicide notes that he was the actual killer and had 'sent an innocent man to prison.'

Floyd Bledsoe, 39, broke into a broad grin when Jefferson County District Court Judge Gary Nafziger, who presided over his 2000 murder trial and sentencing, announced 'the defendant is to be released.' Afterward, freed of shackles and having traded prison garb for a flannel shirt and blue jeans, Bledsoe told reporters that he was longing for a steak, a return to milking cows and 'something peaceful and quiet for a while.'"