Baltimore men freed after 1983 wrongful conviction

Three men from Baltimore, Maryland spent 36 years in prison for a crime they did not commit.

The crime

Somebody killed Duckett,14, for his coveted Georgetown University basketball jacket in November 1983, police said.

The three teenagers (at that time) were arrested and deemed the perpetrators of a that crime.

The big day

However, after a long time of efforts to find new evidence to show their innocence, the victory day has come.

Charles Peters, a Baltimore circuit court judge, accepted the state’s attorney’s request to exonerate the three men on Monday.

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney, who took over the prosecutor’s office in 2015, decades after the original trial said:

My heart breaks for all three of these men, who must now reconcile that we live in a world that could take 36 years away from innocent men.

Today isn’t a victory. Today it’s a tragedy that these men had 36 years of their lives stolen.”

You were all arrested on Thanksgiving 1983. Now you are free to spend the holidays with your loved ones for the first time in 36 years,” Mosby said in a press conference.

Mosby added that Maryland currently has no formal system of compensation for those falsely convicted of a crime. However, she plans to advocate for laws that would establish a system of compensation for those falsely convicted.

From left, Alfred Chestnut, Andrew Stewart and Ransom Watkins

Chestnut, who is one of the three men released said that he plans on spending quiet time readjusting to life with his family and fiancé.

It’s a lot of guys that I left behind, that are in the same situation that I’m in,” Chestnut said.

They need a voice. I had an opportunity, by the grace of God, to have someone who heard me.”

Source: CNN/The New York Times

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