From wrongly convicted to rightly rewarded

May, 6, 2010
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Abbott By Henry Abbott
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He has been locked up for 29 years for a rape that, DNA evidence now shows, he did not commit. The judge who set him free cried on the bench when faced with Ray Towler, who loves to paint and says he may move to Cincinnati. He also may be in line for a seven-figure settlement from the state.

Towler's also a huge Cavaliers' fan, which the team noticed in local media coverage about his liberation. And so the Cavaliers are reportedly doing an amazing thing: giving Towler courtside tickets to Cleveland's next home game, Game 5 against Boston. It's no good as a replacement for 29 lost years, but it's not bad as a way to kick off some good years of new-found freedom.

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