The man who spent 23 years in prison before being cleared of the 1990 murder of Rabbi Chezkel Werzberger suffered a heart attack on his second day of freedom Friday.
An attorney for David Ranta said the former inmate had a serious heart attack Friday night and was being treated at a local hospital.
“On Friday evening, David Ranta suffered a heart attack. My office is happy to report that he’s been stabilized and is being treated in cardiac intensive care at a metropolitan hospital,” attorney Pierre Sussman said in a statement. “He is presently resting, with his family by his bedside. We will continue to ensure that David receives the required, ongoing medical attention he needs.”
Sussman suggested a connection between Ranta’s conviction and release and his health scare.
“The accumulated trauma of being falsely convicted and incarcerated for 23 years, coupled with the intense emotions experienced surrounding his release, has had a profound impact on his health,” Sussman said in a statement.
A judge vacated the conviction of the 58-year-old on Thursday afternoon after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of Rabbi Werzberger of Brooklyn.
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