Wrongly convicted Fla. man pardoned

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Wrongly convicted of rape and robbery, Alan Crotzer already has received $1.25 million in compensation, and now he's been pardoned for two other crimes.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet unanimously pardoned him Tuesday for stealing beer in 1979 and introducing contraband - marijuana - while he was in prison in 1991.

Crotzer spent 24 years in prison before being released in 2006 when DNA evidence proved he was innocent of abducting and raping two women from a Tampa home during a robbery. He doesn't need a pardon for those convictions because they were overturned in court.

He is one of nine Florida convicts proven innocent by DNA. Eight have been freed. One died just before he was exonerated.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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