IMMIGRATION

US prosecutors clear immigrant from Barbados in 1986 burglary, say crime didn't happen

  • Michael Waithe sits in a courtroom while waiting to be exonerated in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction.   Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Michael Waithe sits in a courtroom while waiting to be exonerated in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Waithe talks with reporters after leaving a courtroom in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction.   Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Michael Waithe talks with reporters after leaving a courtroom in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michael Waithe, right, is congratulated by his attorney, Matthew Smalls, after being exonerated in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.  A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction.   Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Michael Waithe, right, is congratulated by his attorney, Matthew Smalls, after being exonerated in New York, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. A state Supreme Court judge granted a prosecutor's motion to vacate Waithe's 1987 burglary conviction. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says in a statement Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime he didn't commit. The green card-holder faces deportation based on the conviction. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

New York City prosecutors have cleared an immigrant from Barbados who spent more than a year in prison for a 1986 burglary they say never took place.

A state Supreme Court judge on Thursday granted a Brooklyn prosecutor's motion to vacate Michael Waithe's 1987 conviction.

The 52-year-old man said he had many sleepless nights but now he feels like he's been given a new beginning. As a green card holder, he had faced deportation based on the conviction.

Prosecutors say they began reviewing Waithe's case after he wrote them a letter last fall. He was convicted on the testimony of one witness. There was no physical evidence.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says Waithe came to the U.S. seeking a better life but was instead framed for a crime.