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Wrongly convicted woman accused of shoplifting

A woman wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years and awarded $1.2 million in compensation has been accused of shoplifting $32.50 worth of goods from a grocery store in western New York.

Betty Tyson was arrested last month, charged with stealing scissors and a utility knife at a Tops store near her home in Greece. She was ordered to appear in court in October on a petit larceny charge.

Friends say the 63-year-old Tyson, a hospital custodian, has recently been struggling with health problems and family troubles.

Tyson was convicted of killing a Philadelphia businessman who left his Rochester hotel in May 1973, apparently to look for a prostitute. A judge overturned the murder conviction and 25-years-to-life sentence, ruling in 1998 that police had withheld exculpatory evidence.

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