Living Life: Man Wrongly Imprisoned for Three Decades to Attend Cavs Game - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Living Life: Man Wrongly Imprisoned for Three Decades to Attend Cavs Game

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The man who was wrongfully imprisoned for three decades and recently released after being cleared by a DNA test will reportedly attend the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics.

Raymond Towler was brought back from prison to appear in Cuyahoga County Court last week for a hearing. [Read more about the motion to vacate HERE] Towler was later released from prison and cleared of all charges.

"How do you get up every morning knowing that you were wrongly convicted?" asked 19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky. 

"Well, ya gotta get up," answered Towler. "You get up with God in your spirit and God will lead you. You know and that's how I be livin' these last years, you know. I just been keeping hope."

After getting out, Towler and his supporters went to the Rascal House for one of his favorite meals, pizza.

Tuesday night, he'll attend the Cavs game and see what he's been missing.

Towler was convicted after a 1981 rape in the Rocky River Metroparks of an elementary school girl. Towler has always maintained his innocence.

The prosecutor is now arranging for additional testing of the crime scene evidence to determine the real child rapist.

The state of Ohio owes Towler $47,000 a year for each of his 29 years, that's well over a million dollars.

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