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avery sep 13 2004 tsp - Avery still has emotional scars TWO RIVERS (AP)...
Avery still has emotional scars TWO RIVERS (AP) - A man released from prison a year ago after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit said he tries to keep his spirits high but he's still dealing with , emotional scars. Steven Avery left Stanley Correctional Institution on Sept. 11, 2003 thanks to the Wisconsin Innocence Project, a law-school group that pushed for the DNA analysis that proved his innocence. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 1985 on charges of first-degree sexual assault, attempted murder and false imprisonment stemming from an attack on a woman jogger near Two Rivers. He remembered the day he walked out of prison. "Probably the most wonderful thing I ever felt. I had so much hate when I was in there. When I came out the door, it was gone," Avery said. But Avery said his time in prison permanently damaged relationships in his life. "I've still got a lot of anger today," Avery said. He doesn't have any contact with his kids and he's working on the relationships with other family members. He now lives in a trailer with his new girlfriend, an improvement from the ice shanty he used to live in at his sister's home in Two Rivers. "I could be living better than this. If I was out there before, I would be living better than this," Avery said. Avery's family planned to celebrate his first anniversary of freedom with a cake and a cookout. By the end of September, Avery's attorneys expect to file a lawsuit in federal court against the state, and a claim with the state Claims Board, hoping to get Avery compensation for the 18 years he lost. "Some days are good, some are bad," Avery said. the

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  1. The Sheboygan Press,
  2. 13 Sep 2004, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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