Man files wrongful conviction suit after 2015 prison release

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man who was sentenced to prison for the slaying of an elderly man and released almost a decade later after his case was dismissed has filed a wrongful murder conviction lawsuit against a Connecticut city.

Bobby Johnson took a plea deal in 2007 that called for a 38-year sentence in the 2006 killing of 70-year-old Herbert Fields in New Haven. Authorities had alleged Johnson was 16 when he fatally shot Fields.

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Johnson was released from prison in 2015.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/2wxE3MT) that the defendants named in Johnson’s federal lawsuit include the city’s former police chief and five retired officers.

The suit alleges the officers’ practices violated Johnson’s constitutional rights.

A New Haven police spokesman says he is not permitted to comment on pending litigation.