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Cops, prosecutors supressed evidence while Bronx teen spent three years in jail: suit

A Bronx teen who spent nearly three years in prison before a jury acquitted him of murder is suing the NYPD, claiming cops and prosecutors suppressed key evidence in his case.

Lawyers for Larry Bodden, 19, say authorities disregarded the testimony of alibi witnesses and withheld a video statement that would have exonerated him.

“I’ll never get back the time they took away,” said Bodden, who has spent his past three birthdays at Rikers Island. “I don’t think I can ever forgive them, because they knew I was innocent and kept me locked up anyway.”

Police claimed Bodden was among a group of rowdy teens who stomped Yonkers bus driver Fernando Maldonado to death as he left a party at the Melrose Houses on May 13, 2007.

Bodden, who lives in the project, told cops he was home taking care of his little brother during the beating. [NY Daily News]

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