MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Milwaukee man who won a new trial after being convicted of homicide and sentenced to a life term has instead reached a plea deal that made him a free man this week.
Twenty-seven-year-old Seneca Malone could have tried to clear his name by contesting a renewed homicide charge. Instead he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of negligent homicide.
Defense attorney Jerome Buting says Malone did that because the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years - time he has already served. Buting says Malone agonized over the decision but realized a jury could have made a wrong decision.
Malone was convicted after a witness said Malone shot and killed an acquaintance. But the Wisconsin Innocence Project helped him get a new trial after arguing his original defense attorney failed to pounce on inconsistencies in the witness's claims.
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