Former inmate tells how prayer and faith helped him overcome unjust 37-year sentence

A man who was unjustly imprisoned for more than 30 years, told through a renowned television program how prayer and faith supported him in that country.

Archie Williams

Archie Williams was jailed at age 22 for a rape he did not commit, and thus spent 37 years serving an unfair sentence in one of the deadliest prisons in the United States.

“This is how I got peace”

In “America’s Got Talent,” Williams said how prayer led him to endure those tough years in prison,“Freedom is of the mind, I went to prison but I never let my mind go to prison,”Williams told show host Terry Crews.

And there he continued saying that faith helped him to persevere and that music helped him to be at peace, “When you’re faced with dark times, what I would do is I would pray and sing; this is how I got peace,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe it was really happening. I knew I was innocent. I didn’t commit a crime. But being a poor black kid, I didn’t have the economic ability to fight the state of Louisiana,” he said to the audience.

His freedom

After a while, the opportunity to prove his innocence came, and the Innocence Project took his case, and there was evidence found that would release him from the charges, a 2019 fingerprint analysis exonerated him and released Williams.

Williams told Crews that he is still “trying to digest that freedom that I have right now.” His performance was previously recorded in the preventive quarantine that restricted his entire country, his appearance moved everyone.

“What happened to Archie is tragic,” Cowell added in a statement, according to People. “While Archie’s voice is extraordinary, unfortunately, his experience of being sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit is much more common than most people realize.

“There are thousands of innocent people in jails and prisons. I’m honored to become an Ambassador for the Innocence Project and want to do what I can to help more people like Archie,” he added.

His performance inspired many personalities, who compared him to South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Source, The Christian Post

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