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An individual with first-hand experience in dealing with the issue of the death penalty in America will visit Keystone College for a lecture.

Former death row inmate Ron Keine will share his story of being convicted and later exonerated for murder during a lecture on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Brooks Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public.

Mr. Keine was one of four men convicted of the murder, kidnapping, sodomy, and rape of a University of New Mexico student in 1974. He and his co-defendants were sentenced to death before an investigation by The Detroit News uncovered findings that prosecutors coerced testimony from a key witness in the trial.

After the murder weapon was traced to a law enforcement officer who admitted to the killing, Mr. Keine was finally released in 1976.

Now an assistant director of membership and training for Witness to Innocence, the nation’s only organization of exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones, he lectures across the country on the death penalty.

The lecture is being presented in conjunction with a special topics course on capital punishment offered at Keystone by Associate Professor Stacey Wyland and Assistant Professor Deborah Belknap, J.D., Ph.D.

For more information on the lecture, contact Stacey Wyland at (570) 945-8479 or at stacey.wyland@keystone.edu.