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Chicago Police Officer released from Iowa prison


Des Moines (KWWL) -- A Chicago police officer has been released from an Iowa prison a day after state prosecutors decided not to seek a Supreme Court review of his case.

Michael Mette was released from the North Central Iowa Correctional Facility in Rockwell City at 3:37 p.m Wednesday.

Last week, the Iowa Court of Appeals found that a district court judge erred when she ruled that Mette could have retreated from an altercation on Oct. 9, 2005, in Dubuque. The appeals court ordered that he be aquitted of assault causing serious injury, which had landed him a five-year sentence.

Mette maintained throughout the case that he hit Jake Gothard in self-defense.

"It's been 3 years since we've been telling my story, trying to get people to listen and say 'hey, something wrong happened in the courthouse back in Dubuque'," said Michael Mette, "and last week was finally our vindication."

The Dubuque County Attorney told KWWL in August he thought Mette's story and the injury to the victim did not match up.

The 31-year-old served about a year of the sentence. He has said he expects to quickly return to work as a Chicago police officer.

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