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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