INNOCENT: Man wrongly accused now free after 24 years

Posted on January 24, 2006 

INNOCENT: Man wrongly accused now free after 24 years

A 45-year-old man who has spent more than half his life in prison walked free today after he was proven innocent by DNA evidence.

Alan Crotzer raised his hands over his head as he stepped outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse after a judge freed him.

He had spent more than 24 years in prison for an armed robbery and rapes in Tampa in 1981.

But recent DNA testing on evidence from the crimes show that Crotzer was not the perpetrator.

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