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Innocent man released from prison after 30 years

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DALLAS (CNN) - A Texas man wrongly convicted of rape and robbery was released after 30 years in prison Tuesday morning.

Cornelius Dupree, 51, has spent more than half his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. The judge sent Dupree on his way saying, "sorry for everything."

"And I'm kind of feeling mixed emotions," Dupree said. "You know after 30 years, that's a hard part. Words really won't make up for what I lost. You know I lost both my parents. I just feel that the system needs to be fixed by whatever means so that this won't happen to anyone else."

The Innocence Project used DNA evidence to help clear Dupree.

Now, with half his life over, he is starting his life over with his wife of 20 years that he met and married while he was in prison.

Selma Dupree said she never questioned her husband's innocence and eventual freedom.

"Yes, I knew it was coming," she said. "I just didn't know when."

Fellow exonerees are standing behind Dupree

"We are a brotherhood," one man said. "We are there for him, we are there for each other."

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