'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted': Bronx man, 46, who was wrongly jailed for nearly 20 years for murdering his mother has his charges CLEARED

A Bronx man who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother when he was just 16 has his name cleared as the grisly charges are dropped 30 years later.  
Huwe Burton, now 46, was accused of stabbing his mother Keziah Burton to death and staging a scene to make it look like an intruder entered, sexually assaulted her, then murdered her. 
He was convicted for the January 3, 1989 murder and spent 19 years behind bars, and the last 10 years on parole. 
But he was finally exonerated on Thursday when the charges against him were dismissed and he was given a second chance at life. 

Bronx man Huwe Burton, 46, (second left) was exonerated on Thursday after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother on January 3, 1989 when he was just 16
Bronx man Huwe Burton, 46, (second left) was exonerated on Thursday after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother on January 3, 1989 when he was just 16

Burton wiped tears as a judge apologized for the wrongful conviction that saw Burton spend 19 years in jail and the last 10 on parole
Burton wiped tears as a judge apologized for the wrongful conviction that saw Burton spend 19 years in jail and the last 10 on parole
'When my mother was murdered the investigation was 48 hours. Had they taken a longer look...they may have not rushed the judgement,' Burton said to reporters on Thursday after his charges were dismissed and his name cleared 
'When my mother was murdered the investigation was 48 hours. Had they taken a longer look...they may have not rushed the judgement,' Burton said to reporters on Thursday after his charges were dismissed and his name cleared 
Burton wiped tears from his eyes as Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett apologized for the 'system that failed him'. 
'Certainly it is a tragedy that Mr. Burton spent some 20 years in jail for a crime that he did not commit. For this, I want to apologize to Mr. Burton for a system that failed him,' Judge Barrett said. 
'To hear that there's been public acknowledgement of what was done to me — that's when I get a bit emotional,' Burton said according to Pix11. 
'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted,' he added. 
Burton's name was cleared following an exhaustive two-year investigation led by the Bronx District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit and Burton's legal team with lawyers from the Innocence Project.
Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett said: 'I want to apologize to Mr. Burton for a system that failed him'
Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett said: 'I want to apologize to Mr. Burton for a system that failed him'
'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted,' Burton said after he was exonerated
'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted,' Burton said after he was exonerated
They stated that detectives used interrogation techniques to coerce a false confession out of Burton for murdering his mother.
Officials say the real killer is believed to be neighbor Emmanuel Green, a 22-year-old felon, who lived below the Burtons, according to the New York Post. 
He was seen days after the murder driving Burton's mother's stolen car and had information only the killer would know. 
Despite evidence pointing towards the neighbor, investigators pursued young Huwe. 

Burton pictured above arrested for his mother's murder in 1989 when he was just 16. Detectives coerced him to make a false confession that he stabbed his mother to death to get money to buy crack - he later recanted the confession and said he never tried the drug
Burton pictured above arrested for his mother's murder in 1989 when he was just 16. Detectives coerced him to make a false confession that he stabbed his mother to death to get money to buy crack - he later recanted the confession and said he never tried the drug

The murder took place at the Burton's family row apartment in the Bronx (above)
The murder took place at the Burton's family row apartment in the Bronx (above)
On the day of his mother's murder, Burton said he returned to his family's Bronx row  house after school and found his nurse mother, 59, stabbed to death in the bedroom and her car stolen. 
His father Raphael, a building contractor, was visiting relatives in Jamaica at the time. 
Burton's lawyers said that detectives with a history of coercing false confessions got him to say he killed his mother to get a sum of $200 to pay a crack dealer. 
Burton later recanted the confession and said he never used the drug. 
Burton was released on parole in 2009 and works in elevator construction
The murder charges against him were finally cleared on Thursday
Burton was released on parole in 2009 and works in elevator construction
On social media he actively shares the stories of other people who are wrongfully imprisoned. His charges were dismissed following a two-year investigation by the DA's office and his lawyers with the Innocence Project 
On social media he actively shares the stories of other people who are wrongfully imprisoned. His charges were dismissed following a two-year investigation by the DA's office and his lawyers with the Innocence Project 
He was charged as an adult and convicted of second-degree murder, weapons possession charges and given a 15 years to life sentence.  
Burton was released on parole in 2009 and works in elevator construction.   
'My mother was one of the strongest people I’ve ever known … one of the things that she did was respect the law and respect law enforcement. But at the time of her death, she wasn’t respected by the law or law enforcement,' he said to the judge on Thursday.
'When my mother was murdered the investigation was 48 hours. Had they taken a longer look, a more analytical look, they may have not rushed the judgement,' he added. 
Despite his wrongful conviction he said he never gave up hope and is dedicating the rest of his days to helping other wrongfully imprisoned inmates. 
He urged other prisoners who might be in his position: 'don't give up, don't stop the fight'.  
'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted': Bronx man, 46, who was wrongly jailed for nearly 20 years for murdering his mother has his charges CLEARED 'It just felt like a weight was officially lifted': Bronx man, 46, who was wrongly jailed for nearly 20 years for murdering his mother has his charges CLEARED Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:01 Rating: 5

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