At least the guy in Springfield didn't end up going through what Guy Paul Morin did here in Canada between 1985 and 1995. He spent those years fighting to clear his name (including a year and a half spent in the general population in a maximum security prison) from charges he had raped and murdered a nine year old neighbor because...the police thought it was 'weird' that he did things that included playing the clarinet. And saxophone. And having been a good student. And had a steady (if slightly unusual) job in a furniture factory.
One good thing that came out of his was the group that formed to try and get his wrongful conviction reversed turned into The Association In Defense Of The Wrongfully Convicted, which has helped numerous wrongfully convicted persons clear themselves. There was also an inquiry, which came out with over a hundred recommendations for how to avoid repetitions.