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Jimmie Gardner is free from prison after overturned conviction

Jimmie Gardner hugs his family after he is released from prison. (Source:Facebook) Jimmie Gardner hugs his family after he is released from prison. (Source:Facebook)
Gardner spent more than 20 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. (Source:Facebook) Gardner spent more than 20 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. (Source:Facebook)

An Albany man who was wrongfully convicted of rape has been set free after spending more than 25 years behind bars.

There is a Facebook video of Jimmie Gardner greeting his family as he was released from the Charleston, West Virginia Penitentiary.
A judge overturned his conviction last week.
Gardner was convicted of rape in 1987 and was sentenced to 76 years in prison.
He was a 12th round draft pick for the Chicago Cubs.
Gardner's brother says he is overwhelmed with happiness.

"I am just so happy right now,” said Eric Gardner, Brother. “It's overwhelming. I'm just so happy and I just thank God so much for this day. It's a day I dreamed of. This is the day my mother dreamed of. I prayed on it and he told me it was always coming."

The Gardners say they are heading back to Albany.

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