“Mr. Johnson, how does it feel to be a free man after spending twenty-five years in jail?” a reporter asked Leroy Johnson as he stood in front of the courthouse with its massive pillars. His mother was beside him.
He looked around at the sea of reporters with their mikes shoved in his face and the flashing cameras and smiled. “It feels great!” he exclaimed.
Leroy was freed after spending twenty-five years of his life behind bars convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. He was a free man now thanks to a couple of law students who examined the questionable circumstances surrounding his conviction and got his case opened. Malcolm Holder, the real killer confessed to the killing.
“Do you feel any resentment toward Malcolm Holder?”
Leroy shook his head. “Why should I feel resentment toward him? He came forward and confessed to the killing twice. The first time he did it was a couple of days after the shooting but he wasn’t arrested. He tried to do the right thing but nobody listened. They arrested me instead, an innocent man and sentenced me to forty years in jail with no chance of parole before 2029.”
“Is there anything you want to say to him?”
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