LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After spending more than 20 years in prison for a 1998 double murder and robbery conviction, Michael Brizendine walked out of court a free man Thursday, a result set in motion months ago when a federal judge threw out the guilty verdict.
"Michael Brizendine went to prison because of police and prosecutorial misconduct," Washington defense attorney Eric Sandberg-Zakian said after a short hearing in which Brizendine was sentenced to time served. "He was an innocent man."
Brizendine previously entered an Alford plea to charges of robbery and manslaughter 2nd, meaning he maintained his innocence but acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to potentially get a conviction.
Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said in a statement that he takes "issue with several statements by Mr. Brizentine’s defense counsel."
"First, Brizentine is not an innocent man,' Wine said. "We believe the evidence shows that Mr. Brizentine is guilty of…