The Latest: Man released from prison ready to be with family

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Posted: Dec 22, 2015 7:27 PM
The Latest: Man released from prison ready to be with family

DENVER (AP) — The latest on a man who was imprisoned for decades in Colorado for a rape he says he didn't commit has been released (all times local):

5:00 p.m.

A man imprisoned for 28 years for a rape he denies committing says being released from custody is the "moment of my life."

Clarence Moses-EL walked out of Denver jail on Tuesday arm-and-arm with his wife. Supporters and family members cheered him as he stepped outside. He had just hugged three of his 12 grandchildren whom he had met for the first time.

Moses-El told reporters he was at a loss for words. "I just want to get home with my family," he said.

A judge last week overturned Moses-EL's 1988 rape conviction after another man said he had sex with the victim in the case.

Prosecutors haven't decided whether to charge Moses-EL again.

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4:40 p.m.

A man who spent more than a quarter-century in prison for a rape he denies committing has walked free after another inmate confessed.

Clarence Moses-EL left a Denver jail Tuesday. A judge overturned his 1988 conviction last week and said Moses-EL would likely be acquitted if he faces trial again.

Moses-EL was convicted based on testimony from the victim, who said his face came to her in a dream. Another prisoner, whom the woman initially identified as her rapist, wrote to Moses-EL in 2013 and confessed to having sex with the victim.

Moses-EL has long maintained his innocence, but his appeals were unsuccessful after police lost the DNA evidence in the case. It inspired legislation requiring its preservation in major felony cases for a defendant's lifetime.

Prosecutors haven't decided whether to charge Moses-EL again.