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First Place | General NewsShawn RoccoThe News and ObserverGreg Taylor hugs his daughter Kristen Puryear for the first time as a free man in 17 years after he was unanimously exonerated by a three judge panel of the newly formed North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission – the only state-run agency in the country that investigates post-conviction claims of innocence.  He had been in prison since 1993 for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas, a prostitute who was beaten to death.

First Place | General News 

Shawn Rocco 

The News and Observer 

Greg Taylor hugs his daughter Kristen Puryear for the first time as a free man in 17 years after he was unanimously exonerated by a three judge panel of the newly formed North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission – the only state-run agency in the country that investigates post-conviction claims of innocence. He had been in prison since 1993 for the murder of Jacquetta Thomas, a prostitute who was beaten to death.