Wrongly convicted WA man released after 10 years

SEATTLE — A wrongly convicted Seattle man who spent 10 years in prison after being convicted of robbery and burglary has been released.

The Seattle Times reported he was released after the Innocence Project Northwest persuaded King County prosecutors to re-examine his conviction, which was based solely on eyewitness testimony.

The Innocence Project Northwest is based at the University of Washington Law School.

Two students pulled together evidence that Brandon Olebar was not among the people who in February 2003 broke into the home of his sister’s boyfriend and pistol-whipped and beat the man unconscious.

The victim said as many as eight attackers beat him for more than 10 minutes and he recognized Olebar’s sister as one of them. The victim later identified Olebar from a photo montage and he was charged with burglary and robbery.

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