Man freed decades after wrongful conviction in 1995 slaying

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A Brooklyn man left prison Wednesday after serving more than 20 years for a crime he says he did not commit.

Jabbar Washington, 43, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1996 for a 1995 Brownsville homicide. 

But acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says an investigation by the borough's Conviction Review Unit found that Washington did not receive a fair trial. 

A judge agreed.

At issue was information crucial to Washington's defense that was withheld from his lawyer, Gonzalez says.

"I knew something was wrong with this case from day one, but God is good," said Martha Washington, the wrongfully convicted man's mother. "My baby is home with me again."

The Conviction Review Unit was established by Gonzalez's predecessor, the late Kenneth Thompson. Washington's case is the 23rd to have been deemed wrongful by the unit. About 100 cases are still under review.

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