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Documentary reveals plea deal was offered to Syed

Adnan Syed entering Courthouse East in Baltimore in 2016.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

Adnan Syed entering Courthouse East in Baltimore in 2016. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors offered a plea deal to Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction has been chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial” and an HBO documentary series.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the finale of HBO’s “The Case Against Adnan Syed” reveals that a deal offered four months ago would have brought Syed’s release in 2022. A spokeswoman for Maryland’s attorney general confirmed the offer on Sunday.

Syed, who has maintained his innocence, is serving a life sentence for strangling his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in a Baltimore park in 1999. He turned down the deal, since he’d have to admit to Hae Min Lee’s murder.

An appeals court ordered his conviction thrown out, but it was reinstated last month when Maryland’s highest court ruled Syed did not deserve a new trial.