FORT COLLINS â€“ At just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Tim Masters left his imprisoned past and embraced his free future.
With a packed courtroom looking on, Judge Joseph Weatherby set aside Masters’ conviction and vacated his life sentence…
Masters spent the last nine-and-a-half years in prison for the 1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins. He was convicted in 1999…
The special prosecutors from Adams County, who were assigned to Masters’ appeals process, recommended Masters’ release last week after a new DNA analysis linked DNA found on Hettrick’s body to one of her ex-boyfriends.
The finding followed hearings throughout 2007 in which Masters’ attorneys showed that the prosecution in the 1999 murder trial withheld significant information from the defense.
In this case, the system eventually worked and an innocent man walked free after losing over nine years of his life. He received a sentence of life in prison; had it been a harsher penalty, who knows, perhaps an innocent man would be dead.
But, yeah, I know, some folks really don’t much care about that so long as their own blood lust is sated.
Note: Here is more from CNN on the case.
* This should not be construed to mean that Ann has actually said anything sensible since 2002.