Judge’s Ruling May Lead To Freedom For Man After 20 Years In Prison

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Glenn Tinney has spent 20 years in prison for a murder that some law enforcement officers say he did not commit.

Police officers and the victim’s widow agree that Tinney is not guilty, and now, he is one step closer to being free.

Tinney has been in prison since 1992 for the 1988 murder of Ted White of Mansfield.

Tinney, who has been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, was already serving a prison sentence for an unrelated burglary when he confessed to killing White.

Mansfield Police maintained his confession did not match the evidence and facts of the case, but Richland County prosecutors proceeded, and convicted him.

It was police who took the case to the Ohio Innocence Project in 2006.

On Wednesday, a Richland County Judge ruled Tinney could withdraw his guilty plea, calling it "the correction of a manifest injustice.”

“This is the only case in Ohio and maybe around the country where, literally, a police officer walked into an Innocence Project office and said 'You need to look at this, because something went wrong,’” said Donald Caster, Ohio Innocence Project. "Those officers deserve an enormous amount of credit for what they did for a man who most of them had never met."

The judge's ruling gave prosecutors two weeks to decide whether they plan to re-try Tinney.

If not, Tinney will be released from the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

The Richland County Prosecutor's office did not return 10TV’s calls for comment.

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