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Freed death row inmate speaks at UTC

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A man freed from death row after he was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to die was guest speaker at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Monday evening. 

Ray Krone was on hand to speak to students and faculty Monday.

Krone was the 100th person exonerated from death row in the US after DNA evidence proved his innocence and now he travels the country speaking against capital punishment.

A full house heard his story and participated in a Q and A afterward.

He says he fights for change in the law because of the possibility of mistaken convictions like his own, which lead to 10 years on death row.

"You have a lot of time for looking at yourself, reflecting back," says Krone. "What did you do wrong? What would you do different? Why me? Why did it happen? And I found strength through reading the Bible: the stories of, like, Job and Jonah -- that, people went through hardship for a reason.  And I was fortunate, after 10 years, to find that reason. It is to go and tell my story and try to make a difference in this world."

In Tennessee, three people have been released after long stays on death row. Nationwide, 140 have exonerated after being wrongly convicted.

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