New World For Man Cleared And Released From Prison After 20 Years

A Connecticut man cleared of rape and murder charges because of DNA evidence likens his release from prison to waking from a coma.

A judge on Wednesday dismissed charges against Kenneth Ireland. The DNA tests showed he could not have committed the 1986 rape and murder.

In his first in-depth interview since being released, Ireland tells The Associated Press he is amazed to see how old he had become. In prison, he saw only fuzzy glimpses of his face in tiny plastic mirrors. He recently got a good look at himself in a real mirror for the first time in more than 20 years.

When Ireland was sent to prison for 50 years in 1988, he had never used a cell phone, the Internet or even played music from a CD.

The investigation into Pelkey's death has been reopened.

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