“I see Mom coming out of the bedroom. Everbody was in pj’s. They tried to push the door down, and Mom opened the lock, all of a sudden we see a whole bunch of lights, and it was the police. They barged into the house almost knocking Mom down to the floor. Dad was saying “What happened?” He could say just a few words of English at that time. I remember that. I remember them coming in and taking Dad.
I remember being on trial, and when they gave him the three life sentences, he turned pale. He had an interpreter. He started crying, and it made me cry, and I got mad at the United States of America. I got mad at the Police Force. I got mad at God. I was in a living rage. In a young boy’s life, your father figure means a lot, and that was taken from me.
We went to visit him every single weekend. It took all night to get out there. That was our life.
We never stopped trying to get him free. That was always in the back of our minds because a family member is missing. We never stopped.”
“It has been many, many years now since our father has been in prison for a crime he did not commit. At this time we would like to ask you to please help us as our father is getting older as the days go by and is not able to spend time with his family — sons, daughter, grandchildren who he loves very much — because of an injustice that was committed.”
“The day that he was released I was in a shock. I felt like a little kid again, and then I look to my side, and I see that I had a little kid and my wife. A lot had changed. We were jumping for joy. We didn’t know what to do with him. Every member of the family wanted a piece of him. It was overwhelming. It was as much of a shock as when they took him. Thank god we didn’t have heart attacks with emotion. What a day.”
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