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Man who Says He was in La. During Utah Robbery is Released

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A man who claims he was in Louisiana when a Utah woman was robbed at knifepoint has been released from prison.

Attorneys gathered fresh evidence that cast doubt on the case that sent Harry Miller to prison. The 53-year-old was sentenced to five years to life in prison after his conviction in 2003 for a $50 robbery.

Miller's attorneys found a nurse who said she saw him in Louisiana on December 7, 2000. The date is important because it further restricts the time that he would have had to travel 1,400 miles to Utah to commit a crime.

A second trial was set for July 12, but authorities dropped the case, saying there was "not a substantial likelihood" of getting another conviction.

Miller had lived in Salt Lake City from 1989 to 1999 before returning to his home state.

In December 2000, when a Utah woman says she was robbed by Miller, he claims to have been recovering in Louisiana from a stroke.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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