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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 11:21 PM

Hawaii man imprisoned for 1991 murder, rape released

Source: AP

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER 21 minutes ago

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a man released from prison immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of and spent more than 20 years locked up for: the 1991 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman visiting Hawaii.

Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, who was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 130 years in prison, should be “released from his shackles immediately,” Judge Peter Kubota ruled.

That prompted applause in the Hilo courtroom and hugs for Schweitzer, who was flown to the Big Island for the hearing from the Arizona prison where he was serving his sentence.

“My feelings were all over the place,” Schweitzer told the AP during a phone interview in recalling the moment of his release. “Nerves, anxiety, scared.”



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regnaD kciN Jan 25 #1
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:11 AM

1. Good thing he wasn't given a death sentence...

…because, even if he’d survived this long in prison, the SCOTUS has ruled that even overwhelming proof of innocence found after the initial appeals process has run its course isn’t sufficient to stop that person’s execution.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 07:02 AM

2. Well

Hawaii doesn't have a death sentence!

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