After 40 years, man finally will go free

    When Louis Micken-Thomas went to jail, the nation was still reeling from the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

    On Thursday, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the release of the West Philadelphia man, who has spent more than 40 years incarcerated for a rape and murder he says he did not commit, the Philadelphia Daily News  reports.

    Mickens-Thomas, 82, had his life sentence commuted 16 years ago and now plans to go live with a relative.

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