Wrongfully accused man released from jail, has heart attack

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NEW YORK, NY – It was a day a New York man probably thought he was never going to see.

David Ranta was in jail for the 1991 murder of a Brooklyn rabbi. But the district attorney found holes in the case and after learning that a key witness lied, Ranta was released from prison. He served more than 20 years behind bars.

It seems like his release would be an excuse to pop open a bottle and celebrate, but not so fast. The very next day, Ranta suffered a heart attack. Talk about an unfortunate coincidence. The good news is that he’s going to be okay.

Ranta’s lawyer says that Ranta had planned to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city of New York and the police department, claiming that his false incarceration had a negative effect on his health.

Looks like this little incident might help back that up.