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Wyoming man sues former Tea police chief Brian Ketterhagen

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Imagine being convicted of a crime you didn't commit.

A Wyoming man knows just how that feels and he holds former Tea police chief Brian Ketterhagen responsible.

A jury convicted Troy Willoughby of murder and sentenced him to prison.

Willoughby served three years before it was revealed Ketterhagen and two other investigators withheld evidence.

Willoughby was found not guilty in a second trial.

Willoughby's lawyer Ian Sandefer says according to the law, law enforcement is supposed to turn over evidence, even if it's in the defendant's favor.

"They know that. it's not unclear to law enforcement.  In this case, Brian ketterhagen, that he had an obligation to turn it over. Statements are made by him as well as Hanson and brew, when they were talking about what they should do, they said 'well, let's just keep out mouths shut and maybe they'll never find this stuff,'" Sandefer said. 

Sandefer said his client would have spent the rest of his life behind bars had it not been for what he called, a noble officer who was willing to come forward and do what's right.

That was Deputy Lance Gelhausen. Court documents state Gelhausen sensed something was wrong and recorded the investigators conversations.

We reached out to the Wyoming state attorneys generals office who is representing Brian Ketterhagen, to hear his side of the story.

Senior assistant attorney general Tom Rumpke says he can't comment on an ongoing investigation.

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