American man sentenced to life in death of 11-year-old girl is released from prison

American man sentenced to life in death of 11-year-old girl is released from prison

Authorities in Minnesota have released a man serving a life sentence for the 2002 death of an 11-year-old child.

Myon Burrell’s sentence was commuted after journalists discovered new evidence and serious flaws in the police investigation into the girl’s 2002 murder. The Minnesota Pardon Commission on Tuesday released an African-American man who was sent to prison for life as a teenager in a high-profile murder case.

Mayon Burrell’s case made headlines earlier this year after the Associated Press and American Public Media uncovered new evidence in the case that revealed the 11-year-old’s investigative flaws — Tisha Edwards was hit by a stray bullet while she was doing her homework.

Burrell was released from state prison hours after the Minnesota Board of Pardons voted to commute his sentence to 20 years, with the remaining two years under parole supervision. When Burrell was jailed, he was 16 years old.

He said he was “in no way, shape or form trying to minimize the tragedy of losing” Tisha Edwards. “I stand before you, a 34-year-old man who has spent more than half his life incarcerated for a crime I did not commit,” Burrell said when he filed his petition for clemency.