- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The murder convictions two Albany men have been vacated by a judge after authorities say another man implicated himself in the 1997 shooting of Erik Mitchell in his apartment.

Albany County prosecutors say 53-year-old Jeffrey Conrad, formerly of Albany, made incriminating statements to police following his 2014 arrest in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in the fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend. He was convicted there.

On Thursday, Judge Thomas Breslin set aside the murder convictions of 39-year-old Carl Dukes and 38-year-old Lavelle Jones, who had been convicted by juries and sent to prison in 1999 with life sentences.

Prosecutors say they requested dismissal of the murder indictment. Both men then pleaded guilty to a robbery charge and were sentenced to 14 years in prison, which they have already served.

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