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George Allen Jr. (File photo)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A funeral has been held for a St. Louis man who had four years of freedom after his rape and murder convictions that sent to him to prison for nearly three decades were reversed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 60-year-old George Allen Jr.’s funeral was on Wednesday. His family found him dead of natural causes on Oct. 16 in his bedroom.

Allen was released from prison on Nov. 14, 2012, after a judge threw out the convictions in the 1982 death of 31-year-old Mary Bell. Bell was attacked and killed in her St. Louis apartment.

The judge ruled that St. Louis police misled the mentally ill man into a false confession and hid or destroyed evidence casting doubt on his guilt.

Allen served 29 years of a 95-year sentence.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch