Three men wrongly convicted of murder are for the first time speaking together locally about their ordeal and their triumph over incredible odds.
Ricky Jackson, Wiley Bridgeman, and Kwame Ajamu were sentenced to death in a 1975 robbery-murder in Cleveland. The crime left a man dead outside of a store.
The death sentences were later commuted to life in prison.
The three were exonerated of their crimes Dec. 9.
“I never lost sight of the fact that these were two gentlemen that I knew would go to the wall with me,” Jackson told WKYC Channel 3’s Hilary Golston. “That gave me strength. Not only did I realize that my brothers were suffering and struggling to hang on … and I had to do the same thing. We had to get where we are together.”
Jackson and Bridgeman were released Nov. 21,more than 39 years after they had been locked up.
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