Wrongfully convicted man cleared by Nevada pardon board

LAS VEGAS - Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and all seven state Supreme Court justices have voted to issue an unconditional pardon to Fred Steese who has spent more than 20 years in prison. 

Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt cast the sole no vote. Laxalt is running for governor.

Steese, 54, was convicted of the 1992 killing of a Las Vegas performer but always maintained his innocence.

Steese was out of state at the time of the killing.

A judge declared him innocent in 2012, but the district attorney refiled charges.

Steese pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while maintaining his innocence in order to get out of prison.

The 8 News NOW I-Team has done several stories over the years on Fred Steese's fight for freedom. 

 


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