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Convicted of murder in 2007, Minnesota man who says he was innocent is freed


A 57-year-old man who had been imprisoned for 11 years for a murder he insists he never committed was released from the Correctional Facility in Faribault on Tuesday after a protracted legal effort by his attorneys and the Minnesota Innocence Project.

Terry Lynn Olson, who faced seven more years in prison, was resentenced to time served by a Wright County judge, under an agreement with the Wright County attorney’s office.

Olson had hoped to have his conviction overturned in the 1979 death of Jeffrey Hammill and said he was saddened that he had not been exonerated. However, he said he decided to accept the deal that freed him so that he could help his ailing mother, who lives in a Twin Cities nursing home.


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