FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit is a free man — 17 years after another man confessed to the crime.
John Miller was released Wednesday after 22 years in prison. Surrounded by family outside the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, 100 miles north of Philadelphia, he said it felt “surreal.”
In 1998, a jury found Miller guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man in a parking lot outside 30th Street Station two years prior, 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.
The witness, David Williams, recanted his statement at Miller’s preliminary hearing in 1997 and denied it again at trial a year later, but the jury voted to convict Miller anyway.