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Minnesota Commutes Life Sentence Of Man Convicted As Teen Of Shooting 11-Year-Old

Myon Burrell's release at age 34 comes after reports uncovered major flaws in the police investigation that led to his life sentence at 17.

The Minnesota Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the life sentence of Myon Burrell, a Black man who was sentenced to life in prison as a minor.

Burrell, who was 16 at the time of his arrest, was accused of fatally shooting an 11-year old girl, who was struck by a stray bullet while doing her homework inside her family's Minneapolis home.

Following the announcement of his imminent release, Burrell held back tears.

"Thank you. Thank you very much," he said reaching a hand out to the camera.

Burrell's case drew intense scrutiny after by The Associated Press and American Public Media published earlier this

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