Tuesday, January 24, 2006

DNA Exonerates Fla. Man After 24 Years

"There ain't no compensation for what they done to me," said Crotzer, whose mother died while he was in prison. "But I'm not bitter."

Crotzer said he was looking forward to a barbecue with his family, who promised him his favorites — pork chops and banana pudding. Then, he said, he wanted to take a bath in a real bathtub.

"I want to soak," he said. "I want to get some of this off me."

Alan Crotzer, right, hugs his sister Wanda Sanders after holding a news conference following his release from prison Monday morning Jan. 23, 2006 in Tampa, Fla. Crotzer was released from prison after almost 25-years, when DNA evidence proved he did not take part in a 1982 brutal Tampa, Fla., rape and robbery. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
lan Crotzer, center, throws his arms up in the air as he leaves the Hillsborough County Courthouse early Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, in Tampa, Fla., with law student Sam Roberts, left, and attorney David Menschel, right, after being released from prison. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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