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“Keith Cooper was convicted nearly 20 years ago of a crime he did not commit. On Thursday, he was finally pardoned.
“Gov. Eric Holcomb issued the pardon to the former Elkhart resident who was put behind bars based on what his attorney would later describe as problematic witness statements, police actions and DNA results.
“Cooper’s plight became widely known following a 2015 IndyStar series on wrongful convictions. Although Cooper was released from prison in 2006, he said he has struggled to advance in a career and overcome the stigma associated with the felony conviction.”