‘The Happiest Day of My Life’


Innocence Project client Steven Barnes, freed yesterday in Utica, New York, after spending nearly twenty years in prison for a rape and murder he has always said he didn’t commit, said he was overjoyed to home with his family for the first Thanksgiving in two decades.

"I never gave up hope," said Barnes, his sandy brown hair flecked with gray at the temples. "I waited 20 years for this. It's the happiest day of my life."

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. (Syracuse Post-Dispatch, 11/26/08)

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