Attorney General’s office appealing Brown exoneration

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t oppose the release of a Utah woman from prison, but intend to appeal a court ruling declaring her “factually innocent” in a 1993 murder.Assistant Utah Attorney General Scott Reed said Monday that a notice intent to appeal is being filed.Debra Brown is due for release Monday from Utah State Prison in Draper, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City.The 53-year-old Logan woman is the first inmate exonerated under a 2008 Utah law allowing judges to reconsider convictions based on new factual, instead of scientific, evidence.Second District Court Judge Michael DiReda last week overturned Brown’s conviction and life sentence in the slaying of 75-year-old Lael Brown.The judge ruled that Brown’s alibi shows she was elsewhere when Brown was shot to death. There was no order to stay her release from prison at 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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