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A Chicago man who spent two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit has been released from jail.

Kevin Dugar, 43, was released from the Cook County Jail on Tuesday — 9 years after his twin brother, Karl Smith, confessed to the murder that put Kevin behind bars.

"Kevin's feeling great," his attorney, Ron Safer, told ABC7 News Tuesday night. "He's a free man tonight. It's long overdue."

"He walked out into the open air and breathed his first breaths as a free man in almost 20 years. It was gratifying to watch his tears roll down his cheeks and their cheeks before (the tears) froze on their faces because it was about 7 below."

Kevin Dugar was convicted of killing a rival gang member in 2005. He was sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to PEOPLE.

But in 2013, Kevin's born-again twin brother, Karl Smith, wrote him a letter in prison, confessing to the murder, the NY Daily News reports.

"I have to get it off my chest before it kills me," Smith wrote. "So I'll just come clean and pray you can forgive me."

Karl was already serving a 99-year-sentence in prison for a home invasion and armed robbery that left a child dead, the Chicago Tribune reports.

However, the prosecutor didn't buy Karl's confession. And another decade went by before the wheels of justice slowly turned in Kevin's direction.

Kevin still has to prove his innocence at a later court date. But for now, he is a free man.

"We are gratified that Judge Hooks carefully weighed all factors and released Kevin pending trial," attorney Safer tells PEOPLE.

"I am hopeful that the State will do the right thing and dismiss Kevin's case. If not, we will prevail at trial because Kevin is innocent."

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Wendell Brown is a free man after serving three years in a southwest China prison for a crime he didn't commit. Brown, 33, hugged his mother, Antoinette Brown, and other relatives at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Romulus, Mich.

Brown returned from China where he was imprisoned for defending himself in a bar fight. He was in China teaching English and American football to children when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault.

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A crowd of supporters greeted him with cheers upon his arrival. Brown told reporters he's been "waiting on this moment for years."

Brown's mother previously stated she would gladly give credit to President Trump if he appealed to the Chinese government to release her son.

It isn't clear if Trump intervened on Brown's behalf.

Brown played for Ball State University in Indiana.

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The school resource officer who arrested two minor children at an Orlando elementary school has been fired.

Officer Dennis L. Tuner was initially suspended from the Orlando Police Department after he arrested a 6-year-old girl for kicking another student at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy Charter school on Thursday.

When the child was taken to the provincial's office, she screamed and kicked Officer Turner, who was the school's resource officer.

The child was handcuffed and taken to the Juvenile Assessment detention center where she was booked and had her mugshot taken. She was charged with battery on an officer of the law.

The 6-year-old's grandmother complained to the local news media that her granddaughter was arrested for "throwing a tantrum at school."

Meralyn Kirkland says her granddaughter was acting up in school because she was "sleep deprived."

She said when she told the officer her granddaughter had a sleep disorder, he replied, "Well, I have sleep apnea, and I don't behave like that."

When the story initially broke, Officer Turner was misidentified as a white officer - which furled the backlash on social media.

CBS News reports Turner, who was suspended after the incident, was fired on Monday.

At a press conference on Monday, Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón apologized to the children and their families.

He explained his decision to fire Turner in a post on the OPD Twitter page.

Later that day, Turner arrested an 8-year-old boy in a separate incident at the same elementary School.

Turner was fired after 23 years on the force.

Turner's supporters say he only "arrested" the children to teach them a lesson, but social media has an annoying habit of demonizing people with good intentions.

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