Rockford man acquitted of 1993 murder, keeps his Certificate of Innocence

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Patrick Pursley, who was acquitted of a 1993 murder, can keep his Certificate of Innocence.

Pursley spent 23 years in prison for the murder of Andrew Ascher.

In January of 2019, Judge Joseph McGraw overturned the conviction.

He got his certificate of Innocence in February, but Winnebago County tried to get that rescinded.

On Friday, a Winnebago County judge denied that request.

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