SEE: Wrongfully Convicted NC Black Man Freed From Prison After Serving 44-Years

A man who was wrongly imprisoned for 44 years is being released Thursday, after a judge overturned his conviction.

Ronnie Long was sentenced to 80 years in prison for rape and burglary, was released last week after a federal appeals court determined that Long, who has always maintained his innocence, had been a victim of “extreme and continuous police misconduct.”

After 44 years, Ronnie Long released from prison Thursday

Long, in his first sit-down interview since his release said, “To be able to walk out of them gates without being supervised, it was breathtaking,” (Sources: FOX 46 Charlotte & CBS NEWS)

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