Freed Ohio death row inmate savors pizza, reunions
by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press
September 07, 2012 03:30 PM | 870 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Keenan, 62, smiles as Cuyahoga County judge Judge John J. Russo dismisses murder charges against him Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Cleveland. Keenan spent more than 21 years on death row for the 1988 stabbing death of a man found dead in a brook in a Cleveland park. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Chuck Crow)
Michael Keenan, 62, smiles as Cuyahoga County judge Judge John J. Russo dismisses murder charges against him Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Cleveland. Keenan spent more than 21 years on death row for the 1988 stabbing death of a man found dead in a brook in a Cleveland park. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Chuck Crow)
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CLEVELAND (AP) _ A murder defendant freed after spending decades on Ohio’s death row in a botched prosecution is savoring the taste of freedom.

His brother describes 62-year-old Michael Keenan as older looking and in need of sunlight but happy to be free. His first meal out of prison Thursday night was pizza.

He was freed after a judge dismissed the murder charge against him in the 1988 throat-slashing of a man in Cleveland. Prosecutors plan to appeal.

Keenan’s co-defendant, Joe D’Ambrosio, was freed in 2010 by a judge who determined that prosecutors withheld evidence that could have exonerated him.

Marty Keenan says his brother’s first goal Friday was trying to arrange to have his wife come from Colombia. They were married after an inmate-pen pal romance.

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