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Man, 75, granted parole after Philly police shooting acquittal, happy for freedom and family
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' William Barnes says it's not too late for him to make a contribution to society.
The 75-year-old Philadelphia man spent much of his life in prison. He has been behind bars since the August 2007 death of Officer Walter Barclay.
Barnes shot and paralyzed the officer 41 years earlier during a botched burglary. Barnes served 16 years for the shooting but was rearrested and charged with murder after the officer died.
Although a jury acquitted Barnes in May 2010, he remained behind bars and was repeatedly denied parole. He was released Friday.
Barnes said Monday he's ashamed for his actions and how he hurt Barclay. But he says he's hoping to do something positive with his life and is thrilled to be back with family and friends.