NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven man is suing the city and state for $20 million after he was charged with murder and spent 17 months in jail awaiting trial before prosecutors dropped the allegations.

Robert Foy’s lawyers told The New Haven Register that they filed the lawsuit in federal court in Bridgeport against the city of New Haven, New Haven police and the state of Connecticut.

Foy was charged in October 2010 with the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Shawn Alexander, but he maintained he was home at the time. He was released after 17 months in jail, but spent another year on home confinement.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Foy in September, saying evidence was insufficient because witnesses recanted.

New Haven and state officials declined to discuss the lawsuit’s allegations.

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