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Decades-old charges against Romeo Phillion withdrawn

A man who spent nearly 32 years behind bars has now seen the murder charges against him officially withdrawn.

Romeo Phillion also got an apology from the judge today -- his 71st birthday.

Phillion was convicted of second-degree murder based on a confession he gave police decades ago in connection with the death of firefighter Leopold Roy.

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Phillion's murder conviction was struck down by Ontario's top court in March 2009.

The judge in the case ruled the prosecution withheld a key piece of evidence in Phillion's 1972 murder trial.

He was released from prison on bail in 2003 ahead of his appeal hearing.

Phillion has always maintained his innocence.

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