Man freed after 17 years in prison gets law degree

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who spent 17 years in prison before a court said he might be innocent in the murder of his parents is set to receive his law degree.

Martin Tankleff graduates Sunday from Touro Law School on Long Island.

He will become executive director of a new Long Island-based organization that will work to exonerate wrongly convicted prisoners.

Tankleff was arrested in 1988 on the first day of his senior year in high school. He was convicted in 1990 and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

He was freed in 2007 after an appellate court found that key evidence in his trial had been overlooked. Prosecutors opted against a second trial.

Tankleff has settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the state for nearly $3.4 million.

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