A new Florida Times-Union feature checks in with Innocence Project client Chad Heins, two months after his exoneration in Florida. Heins, who served 11 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, lives in Wisonsin with his family. In a video on the Times-Union site, Heins says he tries to stay busy in order to avoid thinking about the years he lost. He was 19 when arrested and 33 when exonerated.
He does his best to lift the pall of 14 years behind bars. He keeps his bedroom blinds open 24-7 so he can always see the countryside. He finds reasons to tinker outside his parents' house in snowy weather – in a T-shirt no less – just so he can feel the northern chill. He teases his mom and sister relentlessly, an impish grin belying years of hard time.
"You don't realize how good it is to be home until you get it all snatched away," he told the Times-Union as he relaxed at the dining room table noshing on brats and cheese curds.
Read the full story and watch the video here
. (Florida Times-Union, 02/17/08)