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After the murder conviction destroyed, man ends case with plea

PROVIDENCE, R. I. – Lawyers for a man whose 1992 murder conviction was destroyed, after dozens of years in prison, has agreed to a plea for the end of the matter.

Raymond Tempest’s lawyers say that their client an “Alford plea” on Monday to second-degree murder. The formula has the effect of a guilty plea, but he keeps his innocence and will be released from home confinement.

Tempest was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1982 death of 22-year-old Doreen Picard. He was sentenced to 85 years in prison but has maintained his innocence. His conviction was vacated in 2015 after the court found the police and the prosecutor does not disclose evidence and suppressed details about the amended statements of witnesses.

Attorney Michael Kendall says that his client is faced with the choice of making an Alford plea and go home or be faced with a new trial and possible life imprisonment.

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