Wrongful conviction overturned after Bronx man spends 25 years behind bars

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NEW YORK — DNA evidence has exonerated Rafael Ruiz, who spent 25 years in prison for a crime that he didn’t commit.

Ruiz, 60, was convicted of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old in East Harlem in 1985.

On Tuesday, his name was completely cleared with newly tested DNA from the sex assault kit found by the Innocence Project, a nonprofit that works to reform the criminal justice system.

Ruiz talked to PIX11’s Dan Mannarino about waking up as a free man with a clean record.

As Ruiz continues to rebuild his life, the Innocence Project created an Amazon Wish List, where supporters can buy nominal items and gift cards for the now vindicated man.

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