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Canadian acquitted of murder, jailed 13 years

world Updated: Oct 24, 2009 16:34 IST
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A Canadian man who spent 13 years in prison for the murder of a teenage girl in 1990 was acquitted on Saturday.

A judge acquitted Kyle Unger, 38, after prosecutors said on Saturday that they had no evidence against him. Unger was wrongfully convicted of beating, sexually assaulting and killing 16-year-old Brigitte Grenier at a rock concert southwest of Winnipeg.

"It's the first day of the rest of my life, a new beginning," Unger said outside a Winnipeg, Manitoba, courthouse.

Unger said he was "upset, but not angry" about being wrongfully sent to prison.

"When you feed off anger it just takes more from you," Unger said. "They already took my younger years away from me, why let them have my mind?"

Unger was jailed in 1991 and found guilty and sentenced to life in prison the following year.