(WDSU) — After spending nearly 17 years behind bars in a Louisiana prison, Nathan Brown, 40, found himself a free man.
"I'm just happy to be free," Brown told reporters. "Back with my family; it's a wonderful feeling."
Brown was arrested in August 1997 on suspicion he tried to rape a 40-year-old woman at a Metairie apartment where they both lived. He was convicted of the crime just three months later and sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
But after a request by the Innocence Project to have the the Jefferson Parish District Attorney conduct DNA testing, the results excluded Brown as the source of the DNA samples and identified another known individual as a suspect in the case.
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