A man who was wrongly convicted for a crime he did not commit was released from prison after 17 years. He survived all those years behind bars only to be killed nearly three years after his release, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday.
Alprentiss Nash wanted to make something of his life after he was freed. The Chicago man visited New Orleans, Miami, and Atlanta. He learned to ski at a resort in Wisconsin. He also bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 1960 Buick Electra 225 and completed a culinary program to become the chef he wanted to be.
Nash’s mother said her son was so happy to be free that he never talked about his time in prison. Instead, he focused on building a new life. Unfortunately, last Tuesday afternoon, Nash’s second chance at a new life came to a tragic end. He was gunned down by a person of interest, according to the Chicago police and his family. They believed Nash was the target of an armed robbery.
CBS reported that after Nash was released in August 2012, he received a certificate of innocence and a settlement of more than $200,000 from the state. A federal civil rights case is still pending against the city of Chicago and the police department. It will continue with Nash’s 22-year-old son serving as the plaintiff. Because of the payout, Nash was living the good life. Police think that’s why he was robbed and killed. This was not the first time he was robbed. He was robbed last year and felt that people were after him because they figured he had money.
Nash, 40, was convicted in the 1995 murder of Leon Stroud during a home invasion and was sentenced to 80 years in prison. DNA testing linked another man to a ski mask found near the crime scene, clearing Nash of the crime. Cook County prosecutors dismissed the murder charges, but they refused to say Nash was innocent.
Since he had been free, Nash enrolled in a 13-week culinary arts program. He had planned to move to New Orleans and open a restaurant because he was fearful of Chicago’s violence. On the day he was killed, Nash sent a text message to his attorney just 30 minutes before the shooting. He indicated to her that he was job hunting. Even with his certificate of innocence, he had difficulty finding work.