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A man serving 60 years for armed robbery is free after Jason Williams clears the way for release

For years, Yutico Briley’s appeals went nowhere.

The 27-year-old seemed condemned to grow old in prison, sentenced to 60 years for the armed robbery of a Mid-City man despite his claims that a surveillance video would have proved his alibi if his lawyers had tracked it down in time.

But on Friday, Briley was a free man.

More than eight years after his arrest, Briley — a former gifted and talented student in high school — walked out of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel and threw his arms around his mother, thanks to a newly elected district attorney and judge who hold sharply different views from their predecessors.

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