Watch: Chicago Man Wrongly Imprisoned for 17 Years, Shot Dead at Home

Alprentiss Nash was on his way to a better life.
Alprentiss Nash was on his way to a better life.

*To say this man’s death is an embarrassment to humanity would be an understatement.

How is it even possible to wrap your brain around the fact that a man served 17 years in prison for murder — which he was recently, finally, cleared of — only to come home and be shot and killed in the streets nearly three years later? According to the Associated Press, this is exactly what happened to 40-year-old Alprentiss Nash.

Nash was fatally wounded last Tuesday in a drug deal gone bad argument with his attacker, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. According to him, as of Wednesday afternoon they have a suspect was in custody with charges pending.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office states Nash’s death was due to multiple gunshot wounds.

And Guglielmi said two weapons, one belonging to the suspect and the other to Nash, have since been recovered.

In 1995, based on the testimony of a witness, Nash was convicted in the murder of Leon Stroud on Chicago’s South Side. Nash maintained his innocence, but was sentenced to 80 years in prison two years later.

But his due diligence led to a DNA test on a ski mask that was recovered from the scene. It proved a match to the genetic profile of another man; and in August 2012, Nash walked out of prison a free man.

He later received a certificate of innocence and a settlement of more than $200,000 from the state. But a federal civil rights case is still pending against the City of Chicago and the police department; which will continue on behalf of Nash’s 22-year-old son, according to attorney Kathleen Zellner, who helped free Nash.

In the video (scroll down), Nash’s mother, Yvette Martin, talks about how her son was concerned with crime in his Chicago neighborhood and spoke often of moving further south; maybe to Florida or Louisiana, Zellner offers.

“He really just wanted to disappear and get out of here,” because he was afraid he was being targeted for money, said the attorney.

Martin said her son had gone to culinary arts school with aspirations to open a restaurant, but his imprisonment record made it difficult for him to keep a job.

He sounded like a man who was really serious about moving forward in his life; and was even considering using the settlement money from his pending civil case to have a family business working with his cousins and buying cattle in Louisiana.

“He jumped all those hurdles and then this happened,” Martin said.

Watch the video report directly below.

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