David Milgaard, who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, is dead at 69

David Milgaard, a man who spent 23 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, died this weekend in a Calgary hospital, a source close to the family has confirmed.

He was 69 years old.

Milgaard’s cause of death is not known.

In 1969, when the Winnipeg man was 16 and traveling through Saskatchewan with friends, the body of Saskatoon nurse Gail Miller was found in a snowbank.

Sentenced to 17 years, Milgaard spent 23 years in prison fighting to prove his innocence before finally being exonerated.

In 1992, the Supreme Court of Canada finally overturned Milgaard’s conviction after new DNA evidence emerged linking notorious rapist Larry Fisher to the murder.

Fisher was convicted of the crime eight years later and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 2015 at the age of 65.

Milgaard then became an advocate for the rights of wrongfully convicted and prisoners within the justice system.

He lived in southern Alberta.

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