Long imprisoned, man wins early release amid pandemic, but efforts to clear his name continue

Long imprisoned, man wins early release amid pandemic, but efforts to clear his name continue

CHICAGO — Antonio McDowell had been injured in a drive-by shooting, so the 21-year-old thought he was accompanying Chicago police officers back to the station to try to identify his assailant.Instead, he found himself under arrest for murder, then later convicted and sentenced to 103 years in prison.But now, nearly 23 years after the fateful night that he lost his freedom, McDowell is on a new, if unlikely path. He walked out of a state prison last month a free man eager to put his past behind him and committed to proving he was wrongfully convicted.Gov. J.B. Pritzker commuted McDowell’s sente...

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