Death row inmate released after 30 years

Glenn Ford is now a free man. (Image Credit: CBS News & CBSNews.com)

Glenn Ford is now a free man. (Image Credit: CBS News & CBSNews.com)

30 years behind bars, mostly on death row. Now a Louisiana man, Glenn Ford, is free.

Tuesday night Ford left the maximum security prison at Angola after a Louisiana District Court judge vacated his murder conviction and death sentence.

Ford, 64, had been imprisoned for the 1983 murder of Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweler. He always maintained his innocence.

As Ford told CBS affiliate WAFB-TV, he does harbor some resentment for being wrongly imprisoned. It’s also a little bit overwhelming.

“My mind’s going all different kinds of directions, but it feels good,” Ford said moments after taking his first steps outside the Angola prison.

“I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40, stuff like that,” he added.

The state’s motion to vacate Ford’s conviction was based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not involved in the crime.

Click here to read the full story from CBS News & AP at CBSNews.com.

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