Wrongly Convicted Man Freed After 24 Years in Prison for Brooklyn Murder

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Cells of the new penitentiary in Reau, East of Paris, are pictured on September 13, 2011, as part of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's visit before its opening next October.Cells of the new penitentiary in Reau, East of Paris, are pictured on September 13, 2011, as part of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's visit before its opening next October.  AFP PHOTO POOL BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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A real-life nightmare is about to end for one Derrick Deacon, a Jamaican national convicted for a Brooklyn murder he didn't commit, who did 24 years in prison before a jury in a retrial found him not guilty on Monday. "There was never a shred of evidence against Derrick Deacon," the jury foreperson told the New York Daily News, after the nine-minute deliberation that cleared him. The most frustrating part: The FBI informant whose information cleared Deacon first came forward with it in 2001.