Jeffery Deskovic, once incarcerated for murder, receives master's degree from John Jay College

Jeffery Deskovic received a master's degree in criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (5/28/13)

MANHATTAN - A Westchester man who spent almost half his life behind bars has received his master's degree.

Jeffery Deskovic received a master's degree in criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Deskovic was incarcerated for the death of a Peekskill High School classmate.

Deskovic said he confessed as a teenager because he was under duress. He was eventually freed in 2006 after receiving help from the Innocence Project.

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Deskovic has started his own foundation to help others who have been wrongly accused. He says he will return to the classroom soon to earn a law degree. 

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