Grega's first day free: cigar and a swim

John Grega reunites with friends and relatives at

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John Grega reunites with friends and relatives at his mother's Lake Ronkonkoma home after new DNA evidence led a judge to throw out his conviction and order a new trial. Grega served 18 years in a Vermont prison in connection with the murder of his wife. (Aug. 23, 2012)

On his first morning of freedom in 18 years, John Grega lit a cigar, watched the sunrise and went for a swim in his mother's backyard pool in Lake Ronkonkoma.

"I've dreamed about this day for so long," Grega said Thursday. "I'm finally home."

Grega, 50, who was serving a life sentence without parole for his wife's rape and murder in 1994, was released on bail from a Vermont prison Wednesday...

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