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Jan 29, 2010 1:34 PM by Jon Carrere

UPDATE: Wrongfully Accused Man Released From Jail

New details about a Lafayette man who says he was falsely arrested and imprisoned in Breaux Bridge.

Sam Brown III says he was accused of robbing the Dollar General in January of 2009.

He spent a year in jail before he was released Monday, cleared by the District Attorney of the charges.

The detective from the Breaux Bridge Police Department admits they did some things wrong.

He says they relied on a witness who claimed to have heard Brown admit to the crime to someone else.

Another issue, the gun alledgely used to commit the crime was being stored in the desk of a St. Martinville Police Officer as found property. The officer in St. Martinville had no idea the gun was connected to a case, he was simply keeping it as lost property. In addition, at no time was the St. Martinville Police Department ever involved in the investigation.

Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars says he was "informed by the assistant chief that his brother had surrendered the weapon to him shortly after his brother had found it in a field next to his house."

There are other factors leading to Cedars dismissing the charges, including confusing information provided by the Breaux Bridge Police Department.

First they said the gun wasn't stolen, then said it was stolen back in 2008.

After Cedars ran a check of his own, he found out it was actually stolen a month after the robbery in February 2009.

"This is not the place you want to play games and we're not the people you want to play games with. This is serious, we take our job seriously and our job ultimately is to do the right thing," says Cedars.

The assistant D.A. says he still has many questions he's determined to get answers to.

jcarrere@katctv.com

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