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Convicted killer to be set free despite refusal to change plea

Michael Keenan in court Michael Keenan in court

A convicted killer will be set free after spending 24-years in prison.

During a court hearing on Thursday, Michael Keenan refused to change his plea to guilty. Judge John Russo then granted a motion to dismiss the case because evidence was withheld in 1988. 

Keenan was convicted along with co-defendant Joseph D'Ambrosio in the 1988 murder of Tony Klann. He had been in prison ever since, but after D'Ambrosio was released after allegations that prosecutors withheld key evidence, Keenan's case was re-examined.

A motion before Judge John Russo on Wednesday was for the charges to be dismissed. Also discussed was a plea deal in which Keenan would plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping and aggravated robbery and be sentenced to time served.

At first, he rejected the deal, and after talking with family and his attorneys he, for a time, accepted it. When he was informed that his release came with five years of mandatory probation, he backed out again.

Keenan will go free on Thursday in wake of the judge's decision.

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