Alprentiss Nash, 37, became the first person to have their conviction overturned solely by the Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office new Conviction Integrity Unit. Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez created the unit in February and after a re-investigation of Nashâ€™s case, prosecutors asked a judge to vacate his murder conviction.
Convicted in 1997 of armed robbery and murder, Nash was eventually exonerated through new DNA evidence, a comprehensive investigation of old police records and interviews with witnesses.
Nashâ€™s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, applauded Alvarez telling the Chicago Sun Times, â€œItâ€™s courageous of her to do this. There are other cases where thereâ€™s been DNA results, and different counties still have not acted, or released the person. So weâ€™re extremely excited.â€
Nash said, â€œWell Iâ€™m shocked. Finally Iâ€™m getting justice. But Iâ€™m not mad at anybody. I just want to get on with my life.â€
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