3 Baltimore Men Exonerated After 36 Years Behind Bars For Wrongful Murder Conviction

The judge apologized “on behalf of the criminal justice system” for the 1983 conviction.

Written by Zayda Rivera

Almost 36 years to the exact day three Baltimore teens were arrested in 1983 and convicted of murder, they are now free.

On Monday (Nov. 25), a Baltimore judge apologized to the men — Alfred Chestnut, now 52, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart — “on behalf of the criminal justice system,” the Washington Post reports.

“I’m sure this means very little to you, I’m going to apologize,” Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Charles J. Peters said, declaring them innocent. “We’re adjourned.” READ IN FULL