Man imprisoned for 21 years cleared by NV pardon board

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Board of Pardons has voted to clear a man who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder he did not commit.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and all seven state Supreme Court justices voted to issue an unconditional pardon to 54-year-old Fred Steese. Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is running for governor, cast the sole no vote.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Laxalt said he relied on a letter from the Clark County District Attorney's office opposing the pardon.

Steese was convicted of the 1992 killing of a Las Vegas performer but always maintained his innocence. A judge declared him factually innocent in 2012, but the district attorney refiled charges.

In order to get out of prison, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while maintaining his innocence.

Steese told the newspaper Friday that he's "a new man" after the pardon.

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