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Keith Bush, Wrongfully Convicted, Files Lawsuit Against Suffolk County After 30 Years Behind Bars

Keith Bush
Keith Sarbone
Newsday via AP
Keith Bush

A North Bellport, Long Island, man who spent three decades in prison for a murder he did not commit has filed a federal lawsuit against Suffolk County.

Keith Bush was exonerated by a Suffolk County judge last year after county officials uncovered that investigators mishandled evidence and intimidated witnesses.

Bush, who now lives in Connecticut, was a teenager when he was wrongfully convicted for the 1975 murder of 14-year-old Sherese Watson.

He seeks monetary damages, estimated to be in the millions, in both the federal and a similar state lawsuits.

It’s one of the longest-running wrongful prosecutions in U.S. history.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.