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Acquitted After Decades In Jail

TSUCHIURA, Ibaraki Pref. — Two men were acquitted Tuesday after serving nearly 30 years in prison for a 1967 murder and robbery.

Final justice: Shoji Sakurai (right) and Takao Sugiyama, who served nearly 30 years in prison, enter the Tsuchiura branch of the Mito District Court in Ibaraki Prefecture on Tuesday before the court acquitted the pair of robbery and murder charges.

The Tsuchiura branch of the Mito District Court delivered the verdicts of not guilty to Shoji Sakurai and Takao Sugiyama, both 64, who were sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for the robbery and murder of Shoten Tamamura, a 62-year-old carpenter.

Sakurai and Sugiyama were freed on parole in 1996.

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