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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A man who spent nearly four months jailed in southwestern Illinois for a rape he insisted he didn’t commit is free after genetic testing cleared him.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports 20-year-old Marlon Miller of Collinsville was released Tuesday from the St. Clair County Jail.

Miller insisted that investigators forced him to admit to the February robbery and rape of a 32-year-old East St. Louis woman at a commuter train station. DNA tests that exonerated him came back Monday.

Miller says he’s ready to get on with his life after what he called “a nightmare.” He says his stepfather died while he was jailed.

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