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Three US friends freed after spending 36 YEARS in prison for the murder THEY DIDN’T COMMIT

RT: Three teenagers from Baltimore, wrongfully convicted of killing a school student in cold blood, have been exonerated after spending more than three decades of their lives in jail.

Childhood friends Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart were arrested in 1983, when they were 16, and subsequently convicted of gunning down a 14-year-old student at Harlem Park Junior High School in Baltimore, Maryland. Authorities said at the time that the boy was shot in the neck with a 22-caliber handgun in an attempt to steal a fancy jacket he was wearing.

The men have always insisted they were innocent. Nevertheless, they spent 36 years behind bars… until they were exonerated in court on Monday. Their release became possible after Chestnut successfully filed a request to gain access to sealed court records last year, and the state prosecutor’s office launched a review of the case.

The prosecutors discovered that during the original investigation several witnesses told the court that the murder was actually committed by a different student, a man who would eventually die in 2002. Moreover, four juvenile witnesses, who identified Chestnut, Watkins, and Stewart as the killers, failed multiple times to identify them in photo arrays before the trial.

It was also found that their testimonies may have been made under pressure from police and had been recanted. The witnesses said police officers questioned them without their parents being present.

“You, you and you, should never have seen the inside of a jail cell. So, on behalf of this system I apologize to you and your family,” state’s attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby told the men, now in their 50s, in court.

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

The three friends, who have finally regained their freedom, thanked their loved ones and everyone who had helped them to fight for justice.

“I’ve been always dreaming of this day,” Chestnut told reporters.

“I sat on my bunk when I got the information and I cried,” said Stewart. “My journey is just beginning because I have to learn how to live right now.”

Source: Published by RT

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Ohia Eberechi Anita
Ohia Eberechi Anita
2 months ago

This is heart wrenching.
Wasting your entire youthful age behind bars for an offence you never committed is so sad.
They should be entitled to a rewarding head start to life.
This should be the most efficient means of compensation.

Ifeoma
Ifeoma
2 months ago

Its so disheartening,
Spending your youthful age inside cell for nothing you dont know about,
They should highly be compensated because 36 years is enough for them to have acheived a lot in life

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

What a tragic story

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

So this guys spent their youthful age behind bars

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
2 months ago

The government should give them a better capital to start a new life

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
2 months ago

This is so disheartening. Spending a youthful age behind bars for an offense one is innocent of. They ought to be handsomely rewarded for a headstart to life.

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

So touching.

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Speechless

May
May
1 month ago

It’s just so sad

Onyeke chioma lynda
Onyeke chioma lynda
1 month ago

Really bad

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
21 days ago

Nice update