Man Wrongfully Jailed for Nearly 30 Years to Be Released

A man who served nearly three decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit will be released from prison Tuesday afternoon nearly a month after a judge vacated his confession.

Arthur Brown was in his mid-30s when he was accused and convicted of starting a fire that killed two people.

Working as a carpenter, Brown, who had no criminal record, was called to a Chicago video store on the city’s South Side to fix a lock. Hours later, the store was burned to the ground and two people who lived in an adjoining building were left dead.

Brown’s attorneys said he was choked and beaten by police until he confessed to the crime. Police at the time said his confession led them to a gas can that started the blaze, but it was later discovered a third person recovered the gas can hours before Brown’s statement was made, his attorneys alleged.

Last month, a Cook County judge vacated Brown’s confession, but the state ordered he remain in jail while the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office decided whether or not it would appeal the decision.

On Monday, the state’s attorney’s office said it would dismiss the notice of appeal.

Brown is expected to walk free for the first time in nearly 30 years Tuesday afternoon.

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