Freed after wrongful conviction, NY man gets heart attack

March 24, 2013 03:37

NEW YORK - A New York man freed this week after spending 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, suffered a heart attack after just two days of freedom, his lawyer said on Saturday.

David Ranta, 58, was being treated at the cardiac intensive care unit of a New York hospital after suffering a heart attack on Friday night, attorney Pierre Sussman said.

Ranta was convicted of killing a Hasidic rabbi more than two decades ago but freed on Thursday after the conviction integrity unit of the Brooklyn district attorney's office concluded that the case against him was fatally flawed.

Ranta was found guilty of killing Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger on Feb. 8, 1990, and stealing his car in an effort to flee following an unsuccessful attempt to rob a diamond courier. The crime rattled the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn and prompted calls for swift justice.

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