A 29-year old man was freed from state prison this week after being incarcerated for nearly a decade for a crime he didn’t commit.
Donte Rollins was released from prison on Wednesday. The appellate court ordered his release after reviewing evidence that he was not involved in the crime.
Rollins was wrongly convicted in connection with a shootout that left a six-year-old boy permanently paralyzed.
Rollins smiled Wednesday as he was released and said he was happy to be free after a decade that he called “pure hell.”
Rollins and two other men were convicted in 2007 in the January 2006 shooting in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. A fourth defendant was acquitted.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and representatives from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project worked to secure his release.
Rollins was released seven months after his conviction was questioned by the district attorney’s office. Williams announced that prosecutors were dropping all charges.
“Yesterday’s decision was the right