Former Death Row Inmate Released After Pleading to Lesser Charge

April 1, 2006 - Posted at 12:12 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A former death row inmate has been freed

from prison after pleading no contest to a reduced charge.

Under a plea agreement, Leamon White was sentenced to the time

he has already served.

White was released last night from the Jackson County Jail,

after he pleaded no contest earlier in the day to one count of

second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and three

counts of armed criminal action.

White was convicted of being part of a January, 1987, crime in

which three people were stabbed inside a Kansas City crack house.

One of the men died.

White had always maintained his innocence. And two years ago, a

federal judge ruled that White had ineffective counsel and

overturned his conviction.

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