Wrongfully accused Philadelphia man free after 2 decades
State Correctional Institution — Frackville (Photo courtesy of the state Department of Corrections).
(Frackville) — A Philadelphia man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit is a free man.
John Miller was released from the State Correctional Institution Frackville, Schuylkill County, on Wednesday after 22 years in prison. Surrounded by family, he said it felt “surreal.”
A jury in 1998 found Miller guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in a train station parking lot, even though there was no physical evidence of his involvement.
The key witness against him confessed multiple times to being the real shooter and even sent a letter to Miller’s mother apologizing for lying.
Miller, now 44, contacted the Pennsylvania Innocence Project about eight years ago to help with an appeal.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has agreed with Miller’s defense team that his prosecution was flawed and his conviction shouldn’t stand.
On Wednesday morning, a judge set Miller free.