The West Memphis Three Freed

The West Memphis Three can mack on chicks like this again

After spending nearly 20 years behind bars for murders they’ve long maintained they had nothing to do with, the West Memphis Three are finally going home. This is something I never thought I’d live to see.

Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. accepted a plea bargain known as an “Alford plea” this morning, in which they could continue to claim their innocence but plead guilty in exchange for an 18-year sentence and credit for time already served.

Accused in the 1993 slayings of three boys in what was described as a Satanic ritual in West Memphis, Arkansas, Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley will walk free starting today, a judge in the Craighead County District Court in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has ruled.

I doubt these dudes — who were basically convicted for being metalheads — will even know how to adjust to life on the outside, after spending their entire adult lives behind bars. I feel sad for these dudes. It is a good day for justice, but a sad day, too.

Expect a statement from the West Memphis Three any minute now. I wonder how Henry Rollins is feeling on this momentous day? [UPDATE: He has since Tweeted: “BIG DAY”] Either way, I am thrilled for these guys. They can now go out and get pussy again, which is really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Hails!

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