FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A man whose conviction was erased in the beating death of a 15-year-old boy has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Fairbanks and four police officers.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Marvin Roberts on Thursday filed the suit that claims he was coerced into the release-dismissal agreement and it was a violation of civil rights.
Roberts and three other men spent nearly two decades imprisoned after they were convicted for the 1997 death of John Hartman. The men signed the agreement with the state following a claim by another man that he and others were responsible for the death.
The agreement immediately released the men and erased the convictions in exchange for their agreement not to sue.
City officials declined to comment on the case.
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