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A Poughkeepsie man convicted of murdering a man in the city will get a new trial.

Oba Johnson, 42, was one of two men convicted in the Nov. 5, 2018 shooting death of Jacquain Johnson, with whom he is not related.

He will get a new trial after the state Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, determined Dutchess County Court Judge Peter Forman.was incorrect when it determined a witness’ grand jury testimony could not be introduced.

“We’re pleased with the verdict of the appellate division. Mr. Johnson continues to maintain his innocence,” Johnson’s attorney, Eric Shapiro Renfroe, said Monday. “We’re going to keep fighting for him.”

Renfroe said it was not yet clear when the case might return to court.

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The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office is “reviewing the decision by the Appellate Division and weighing all options, including an appeal of said decision,” Assistant District Attorney Robert Knapp said Monday.

Johnson was convicted in Dutchess County Court on Oct. 1, 2018, of second-degree murder. Forman sentenced him on Dec. 16, 2019, to 25 years to life in prison. He is incarcerated at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Washington County, and is eligible for parole in 2044.