I-Team: Wrongly Convicted Man to be Set Free

LAS VEGAS -- The Florida parole board has reversed course and will release a Nevada man from prison after his wrongful conviction for a Las Vegas murder.

Fred Steese already served 20 years in a Nevada prison for a crime he did not commit. He was emotionally crushed when Florida decided to lock him up for three more years for a decades-old parole violation.

On Tuesday, the I-Team has learned Florida officials changed their mind and will set Steese free within weeks.

The I-Team first reported the case of Steese in March. A Nevada judge recently declared Steese factually innocent in the 1992 killing of a Circus Circus performer. Evidence proved Steese was in another state at the time of the murder. But instead of being let out of prison, Steese was sent to Florida for failing to report to parole. Steese was convicted in an unrelated robbery in 1989.

Steese's attorney says the parole violation would have been resolved a long time ago if his client hadn't been wrongfully convicted in Nevada. Florida's parole, at first, insisted Steese would not be a free man until 2016. Now, Florida's parole division says they will give Steese credit for time served in Nevada. Steese could be a free man in early July.


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