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Man has heart attack on second day of freedom

NEW YORK — A New York City man who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom.

David Ranta’s lawyer tells The New York Times that the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and is being treated at a New York hospital.

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Ranta walked out of jail Thursday after a judge threw out his conviction for murdering a Brooklyn rabbi in 1990.

Brooklyn prosecutors had recently concluded that Ranta was innocent in the death of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger, who was killed by a bandit fleeing a botched robbery.

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The trial had featured falsified witness testimony and a rigged lineup.

Ranta is 58. He told reporters Thursday that his new freedom was emotionally overwhelming.

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