Huwe Burton was 16 when he was accused of stabbing his mother to death, then staging the scene to make it appear an intruder had sexually assaulted and killed her. He insisted for decades he didn’t commit the crime. After 30 years _ 19 of them in prison _ Burton was cleared of the charges Thursday after Bronx prosecutors said they would no longer stand behind his murder conviction.
“To hear that there’s been public acknowledgement of what was done to me _ that’s when I get a bit emotional,” said Burton, 46, who was paroled in 2009. “It just felt like a weight was officially lifted.” While he had his freedom, living with a wrongful conviction for killing his mother, Keziah Burton, “was just a lot to bear,” he said.
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17 August, 2019