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Illinois Department of Corrections
Dean Cage, 41, of Chicago, was exonerated Tuesday of a rape conviction.
updated 5/28/2008 3:23:29 PM ET 2008-05-28T19:23:29

DNA testing has exonerated a man of a rape conviction that had kept him in an Illinois prison for more than 12 years.

The New York-based Innocence Project says Dean Cage is the 29th person in Illinois exonerated by post-conviction DNA evidence.

The 41-year-old man was released from prison late Tuesday after Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel dismissed the conviction at the request of prosecutors.

Cage was convicted of assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1994 and was sentenced to 40 years behind bars. He insisted he was home at the time of the attack.

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