NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who spent more than two decades behind bars is now a free man.
A judge vacated the conviction of 58-year-old David Ranta on Thursday afternoon after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi.
“I’m overwhelmed. I feel like I’m under water, swimming. Like I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case,” Ranta said after leaving state court in Brooklyn.
Emotional relatives gathered around Ranta, including a daughter who was an infant at the time of his conviction but is now pregnant.