Wis. Innocence Project helps homicide inmate go free

Wis. Innocence Project helps homicide inmate go free

By the Associated Press. CREATED Jun 19, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Milwaukee man who won a new trial after being convicted of homicide and sentenced to a life term has instead reached a plea deal that made him a free man this week.

Twenty-seven-year-old Seneca Malone could have tried to clear his name by contesting a renewed homicide charge. Instead he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of negligent homicide.

Defense attorney Jerome Buting says Malone did that because the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years -- time he has already served.

Buting says Malone agonized over the decision but realized a jury could have made a wrong decision.

Malone was convicted after a witness said Malone shot and killed an acquaintance.

But the Wisconsin Innocence Project helped him get a new trial after arguing his original defense attorney failed to pounce on inconsistencies in the witness's claims.