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Ex-Eldorado player freed after kidnapping conviction vacated

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Updated: 8/10/2012 7:56 pm
A local man is free tonight after spending five years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It took some solid detective work -- and an attorney with a little faith to convince District Attorney Steve Wolfson to let Laqris Thompson go. News 3's Mackenzie Warren has the story you'll only see on News 3. For the last five years, Thompson has been wrongfully imprisoned at the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs. Today his mom, Maria, finally brought her son home.
A former Eldorado High School football player in prison for more than five years on kidnapping and other charges is now a free man after his conviction was vacated by Judge Elissa Cadish.

Luqris Thompson, 24, walked out of the Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs today as his family, including his mother, Maria, welcomed his release.

Thompson was convicted with Jamey Manning in 2007 of conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, robbery, first-degree kidnapping, and attempted grand larceny auto. According to court documents, the victim had picked him out of a photo lineup and in court testified that she used special training learned as an art student to remember Thompson’s appearance.

Thompson had an appeal turned down in December 2009.



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