Man locked up because of mistaken identity sues state

  • In this photo provided by Vedanta Griffith, Joshua Spriestersbach enjoys birthday cake in Danby, Vermont on April 12, 2020. A formerly homeless man who ended up in a mental institution for more than two years because of mistaken identity is suing the state of Hawaii and various Honolulu police officers, state public defenders and doctors. Spriestersbach's attorneys say in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2021, that Hawaii officials haven't responded to a petition seeking to correct his records so he can't be mistaken for another man again. (Vedanta Griffith via AP)

  • In this photo provided by Vedanta Griffith, Joshua Spriestersbach talks on a phone in Danby, Vermont on March 2020. The Hawaii Innocence Project says Spriestersbach was wrongfully arrested for someone else's crime and then committed to a state hospital for more than two years because officials mixed him up with someone else. (Vedanta Griffith via AP)

HONOLULU — A formerly homeless man who ended up in a mental institution for more than two years because of mistaken identity is suing the state and various Honolulu police officers, Hawaii public defenders and doctors.