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The Latest: Mom says she's 'blessed' over son's release

The Latest on the release of a young Detroit man from prison after prosecutors agreed that his four murder convictions should be thrown out (all times local):

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1:15 p.m.

The mother of a young man who is being released from prison after eight years says she feels "blessed" after the prosecutor agreed that convictions in four killings should be thrown out.

Davontae Sanford is scheduled to be released from a prison in western Michigan around 3 p.m. Wednesday, a day after a Detroit-area judge dismissed his 2008 second-degree murder convictions.

His mother, Taminko Sanford, says she'll probably have more to say Thursday.

At age 15, Sanford pleaded guilty to killing four people in a Detroit drug den. But a hit man has long said that police and prosecutors had the wrong guy.

Prosecutors said the convictions should be erased after reviewing a state police investigation of how Detroit police handled the case.

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2 a.m.

A judge has ordered the release of a young Detroit man who is in prison after pleading guilty to killing four people at age 14, a crime for which a professional hit man later took responsibility.

The prosecutor's office agreed Davontae Sanford's second-degree murder conviction should be vacated after state police re-examined the case.

Judge Brian Sullivan tells The Associated Press he signed the order Tuesday and Sanford is expected to be released on bond.

Sanford, now 23, is in prison for the 2007 fatal shootings of four people at a Detroit drug den. He pleaded guilty at age 15. He's been trying to undo that plea for years, especially after hit man Vincent Smothers, confessed.

Smothers insists Sanford had no role.

Sanford's family says he confessed to please police.