Mistaken identity lands man in Hawaii mental hospital

  • In this photo provided by Vedanta Griffith, Joshua Spriestersbach enjoys birthday cake on April 12, 2020, in Danby, Vt. The Hawaii Innocence Project says, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, Spriestersbach was wrongfully arrested for someone else’s crime and then committed to a state hospital for more than two years because officials mixed him up with someone else. (Vedanta Griffith via AP)

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials wrongly arrested a homeless man for a crime committed by someone else, locked him up in a state hospital for more than two years, forced him to take psychiatric drugs and then tried to cover up the mistake by quietly setting him free with just 50 cents to his name, the Hawaii Innocence Project said in a court document asking a judge to set the record straight.

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