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An Ordinary Crime (#2008)

It was a robbery gone wrong, and when it was over, a woman had been shot in the head. Fingerprint evidence identified one of the suspects who quickly named his two accomplices: a friend and the friend's cousin, a man he knew only as "Terrance." And that's where the problem with this ordinary crime begins. Police apprehended 16-year-old Terence Garner and charged him with the crime. Garner insisted he was innocent. The co-defendants said they had never met him. Another man with the name "Terrance" surfaced and confessed to the crime, then recanted and was let go. FRONTLINE investigates a bizarre case of injustice where two men with the same name are implicated in the same crime and one -- Terence Garner -- is sentenced to 32 years in prison. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

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