For nearly 40 years, the Brinkley family has insisted that the wrong brother was sentenced to life in prison for murder – that it was 14-year-old Ronald who fatally shot egg-delivery man Charles Haag on Dec. 22, 1977, though 15-year-old Kevin was convicted.
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Shaurn Thomas, 43, was exonerated Tuesday morning after the District Attorney’s Office agreed with his lawyers that the evidence against him did not support his 1993 conviction for a 1990 murder.. – Chris Palmer, Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
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Shaurn Thomas refuses to be bitter about the Philadelphia cops and prosecutors who took 24 years of his life for a murder he didn’t commit. That’s a remarkable testament to his faith, and the faith of those around him. – Will Bunch, Philadelphia Daily News
A judge called this juvenile lifer innocent, but he’s still in prison. Will Philly’s next DA let him go home?
Terrance Lewis, sentenced to life for second-degree murder, read the opinion in his prison cell. “The great part was, somebody finally believed me,” he said. “The sad part was, I still got to die in jail.” – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer
As a retired judge, Lawrence Wood thought he’d seen all the angles, every lie a desperate man could cook up to save himself. Then a letter arrived at Wood’s West Chester office, about eight years ago, from a prisoner who’d passed the hat among inmates to help raise money to save his cellmate.
A man who spent 25 years in prison for a rape and murder that a jury concluded he didn’t commit, Anthony Wright was emotional and tearful, elated and optimistic. Bitter, he was not. “I worship a merciful God and he forgives,” Wright, 44, said at a news conference Wednesday, a day after he was acquitted at retrial in the 1991 death of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman.