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7/23/2013 1:36:00 PM
Ill. man rebuilds life after wrongful conviction

CHICAGO (AP) — A man who spent 20 years in prison for a Chicago double murder he didn’t commit is working to rebuild his life.

Thirty-seven-year-old Daniel Taylor tells Chicago’s WFLD-TV ( ) that he hopes to work to keep at-risk kids out of jail.

Taylor was 17 when he was charged with the 1992 slayings of Jeffrey Lassiter and Sharon Haugabook. He says he was coerced into confessing and records show he was already in police custody at the time of the murders.

Cook County officials said last month they were dropping all charges against Taylor and wouldn’t pursue the case he was helped by the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University’s Law School.

Taylor earned his GED in prison and is now living in a two-bedroom apartment.

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