NY man released after serving 23 years in prison suffers heart attack next day

By Brandon Lee Julian,
Freedom almost cut short.

58-year-old David Ranta was released Thursday, but while staying at a hotel in New York City he suffered a heart attack the day after his release.

Doctors diagnosed that two of his arteries were blocked, according to Daily Mail.

“The accumulated trauma of being falsely convicted and incarcerated for 23 years, coupled with the intense emotions experienced surrounding his release, has had a profound impact on his health,” Ranta’s attorney Pierre Sussman publicly stated, according to NBC News.

Doctors currently have him stabilized and his health is slowly improving.

Ranta was imprisoned in 1991 for the death and murder of Hasidic rabbi Chaskel Werzberger. However, in a recent turn of events and belief, he was released last week after the Brooklyn district attorney’s office decided that the case launched against him no longer held the pillars to keep him in. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Miriam Cyrulnik had no choice but to let him go.

Assistant Disctrict Attorney John O’Mara, chief of conviction integrity, said in a statement, “The evidence no longer establishes the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to Rueters.



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