UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) A top Tochigi Prefecture prosecutor apologized Monday to Toshikazu Sugaya, who had been jailed for about 17 years over the 1990 murder of a 4-year-old girl before a fresh DNA test effectively proved his innocence.

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart as a representative of the prosecutors,” chief prosecutor Hideo Makuta told Sugaya, 62, according to the Utsunomiya District Public Prosecutor’s Office.

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