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By Megan McLeod
After spending more than two decades behind bars for a triple murder, two men from New York are now free - and it's all thanks to new DNA evidence.
The two New York natives recalled the night of the 1992 murders to CNN. Antonio Yarbough, 18 at the time, and Sharrif Wilson, 15, went home after a night of partying. Yarbough found his mother, sister and family friend stabbed and strangled to death.
"Before you know it, I had this photograph shoved in my face, and I was being threatened and slapped around, and they wanted me to sign a false confession," Yarbough said. "And I wouldn't."
But Yarbough's friend Wilson signed a false confession after he says police coerced him into it. And that led to their men's eventual conviction and 21 years behind bars.
But the New York Daily News reports new DNA evidence surfaced in September 2013. A specimen found on a murder victim in 1999, when both men were already behind bars, matched material found under Yarbough's mother's fingernails. The new evidence suggested his mother's killer is still out there.
Wilson and Yarbough's convictions were overturned and the two were released February 6th.
Upon being released, Wilson told reporters he's trying to decide between an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy. Yarbough, on the other hand, says he's just looking forward to living his life. As for who committed the murders in 1992 and 1999, police have not identified a suspect.
Why did it take from 1999 to 2014 to free these poor guys???
unbeleivable not even an apology. i pray that a civil suit at least is on its way for wrongful incarceration
Even if they gave me an apology, that would not be acceptable or enough for all the years I would have spent in there ! No amount of money, apologies or anything could make it right and give me back my years and youth!
I hope they sue the hell out of the people who falsley accused them
Me too! I can't even sanely think of how I would feel if it had been ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RAGE WOULD ONLY BE A TIP OF THE ICE BURG TO DESCRIBE HOW I WOULD FEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because that's what I'm feeling now and it is not even ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whenever I read a story about a young person that was sentenced to prison for a crime that they never committed, but yet they spend so many years of theirs lives behind bars, just is to heart wrenching. And so thankful that they are finally released, but their lives and time spent can never be replaced. May they and all the others find some peace and may they have the courage to go forward and try their best to put the past behind them and live a life of much happiness. And I am so sick and tired of all the BS that the men with their badges use their authority to do what some of them have done!
I am sure the 7 digit check each of them will get will help ease their pain. No consolation for the wasted years but now the glass is half full
I AGREE WITH THAT
Do you think they may have been rapped, and now have HIV as a result of their stay????? I wonder if the 7 digit payday is worth that?????? I am not knocking our system it is the best out there to date. In fact I think it should be more harsh in cases that have been proven without a shadow of doubt with DNA evidence. However this is a downfall to the system we have and it is very sad. We need to continue to try and make it better forever. There is, and always will be room for improvement. it will never be perfect ever.
so sad , the inocent have to give up their life for something they did not do,i have a family member that is serving life for a double murder he did not commit, they said there was a hair in a footprint , but did not belong to my family member. they have no evidence that he is the one that commited the crime.
There is a certain program that these falsely incarcerated prisoners go in and I believe it runs in tandem with their exoneration and the freedom of other prisoners with other crimes. I still believe there is a true injustice here not only with evidence but police protocol ( there always seemed to be ie. botched crime scene etc.). There is not a substitute for time loss here but it surely beats rotting in a prison cell or losing ones life in the processes.
i'm sure glad this wasn't Texas / they would've been dead 10 years ago
Brauncattleco In Texas they would be on death row for twenty-five yrs. That gives the prisoner time to appeal the courts conviction.
NOW WHAT???You've already destroyed their lives.
How does society pay back for 20 years in Prison. This is so wrong. The Police who pressure suspects into confessing by intimidation and slapping them around need to be punished. Trouble is that only happens once in a while.
I'd bet they need to sign a waver of the retrial never comes about, AS in don't push it>
One thing for sure someone drop the ball while they was investigating this case. But usually police focus on a particular person, and will build or fabricate a case against them. Sadly these two will have a hard time adjusting to the world today as we know it, after spending so many years in jail. They will get a huge settlement for being wrongly convicted, but no money can repaid them for what they went thru in prison or missed out on. Most generally these types of people will end back up in jail, because they only know one way of dealing with certain issues. Which is sad.
Maybe this is a GOOD (GOD) reason NOT TO HAVE A DEATH PENALTY, but then ---- 20 years in prison IS A DEATH PENALTY as one does not have their freedom and are on record as being criminals. These sad errors makes my stomach churn....and have to wonder if a potential incarceration decision shouldn't have a second jury! A trial won/lost is only as good as the attorney who represents it....NOT THE COURTS!
I aggree with you on that. The Death Penalty should only be reserved for Criminals like Bundy. Serial Killers - Sadam Hussain and other like that.
The death penalty is the easy way out. The day to life in prison is a nightmare unto itself if you have ever spent even one day there you would know. It is a constant fight for survival.
There are more cases of offenders being released to kill again than there are these improperly imprisoned. So NO, it isn't a "GOOD (GOD) reason NOT TO HAVE A DEATH PENALTY"These men probably agree with you. At the same time, just days ago there was a story about a cold case where it had been learned that a girl was raped and murdered by someone that was released only four years after raping and murdering another girl.I'm sure that the second victims family might see things differently than you.