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13 years after disproven confession, Dassey must be freed

Published May 2, 2020

Thirteen years ago this week, Manitowoc special education student Brendan Dassey was convicted of participating in the murder of Teresa Halbach based on a confession now widely acknowledged to be false. Brendan was 16-years-old and in the tenth grade when he gave that confession; today, he's 30. And he remains behind bars, serving a life term.