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Man in prison for 10 years released, given job at law firm

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Numbers forever etched in Omar Pouncy's brain: "10 years. 10 years, 5 months, and 14 days."

It's the exact amount of time he spent in prison.

On Monday, the count stopped as he walked out of federal court in Detroit with his grandmother and lawyer by his side.

"I was supposed to come home when I was 105 years old. Came home I'm 28," Pouncy said. "Even though I had to suffer, I think everyone has to suffer in their own particular form or fashion. And this is the way."

Pouncy, who's from Flint, said the disaster started back in 2005 when he was convicted in a Genesee County court of armed robbery and carjacking.

The then-18 year old said he had to represent himself when the judge refused to let him hire his own attorney.

"Everybody say a person who represents themselves has a fool as an attorney, well I was forced to be in that position," Pouncy said.

Locked up, Pouncy maintained his innocence and said he spent thousands of hours studying law.

He said he had to find a way to prove it.

He found David Moffitt, a Detroit-area based attorney who believed him.

"He was made to spend 10 years in prison unjustly, but it was perhaps the harshest and most thorough law school experience that one could endure," Moffitt said.

The two men prepared Pouncy's appeal together and took it to a federal judge for review.

On Monday, that judge ruled Pouncy's rights were violated.

"The federal judge declared it when he said I was steam-rolled as an 18 year old when I was forced to represent myself, you know, it's unheard of," Pouncy said.

Pouncy was released on a $10,000 bond and strict restrictions.

He has to wear a tether and has travel restrictions and the judge stipulated that Moffitt must employ Pouncy at his law firm.

"That's unique in my legal experiences and maybe anyone’s to have a federal judge order that someone come work for you," Moffitt said.

Just 48 hours after being released, Pouncy has a new office in the law firm and wants to go to law school.

"I can't waste a minute, a second, it's already been taken away," Pouncy said.

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