POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 3:49pm
DALLAS, TX (NBC) — A Texas man is declared innocent after spending 14-years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Richard Miles was sentenced to 40-years in prison after he was convicted of a 1995 murder.
He always maintained his innocence and last week the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed.
"I've been saying that for 17 and a half years, so it's like, now the world knows that I'm innocent,” Miles said. “I always knew that I was innocent. My mom and my dad always knew I was innocent.”
Wednesday a judge formally declared Miles innocent of the murder as family and friends cheered.
Miles was released on bond in 2009, but was labeled an ex-offender.
Now he is officially exonerated and legally innocent.
"My dad passed 5 months before I was released,” Miles added. “There's no amount of compensation that could be given to any individual to compensate what was lost. Nothing. So all the questions about compensation, it has nothing to do with what I was lost or what was taken away from me. But now to say that I'm innocent - I'm not proving it to myself. I'm proving it to the world."