Man who was exonerated after 27 years in prison thanks students who helped him

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A man who spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit thanked several people he says helped set him free.

Valentino Dixon was sentenced to more than three decades behind bars for the 1991 murder of a 17-year-old, and the attempted murder of the teen’s brother.

Thanks to the work of three undergraduate students at Georgetown University, his conviction was overturned.

The students looked at evidence and re-interviewed witnesses.

Dixon traveled to Georgetown, in Washington D.C., to thank the students.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced in September that Dixon’s murder conviction would be vacated, and another man, Lamar Scott, admitted to the shooting.

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