- A 48-year-old man from Philadelphia named Theophalis Wilson has been released after 28 years of being in prison
- William was convicted for a murder he did not commit and was sentenced to life in prison
- The wrongly convicted man was released with the help of District Attorney Larry Krasner’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU)
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Theophalis ‘Bilaal’ Wilson, a 48-year-old man in North Philadelphia has been freed after he was wrongfully imprisoned for 28 years for a crime that he did not commit.
According to Inquirer.com, the man was only a teenager when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1989.
With the help of District Attorney Larry Krasner’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) who pursued the case, Wilson has become the 12th person to be released after a wrongful accusation and conviction.
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Speaking about the event, the arrest and subsequent release, the unit chief Patricia Cummings spoke emotionally, saying:
“It is time for Mr Wilson to be allowed to go home — that he go home a free man, and that he go home with an apology. No words can express what we put these people through. What we put Mr Wilson through. What we put his family through.”
After his release, the wrongfully convicted man stated with great joy in a very happy mood that:
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“This is a great day. Now we got to go back and get the other guys. There’s a lot of innocent people in jail.”
Wilson’s exoneration came a month after his codefendant, Christopher Williams, was cleared of the three 1989 killings.
In other news, the Christ Temple of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) has donated an amount of Gh¢200,000 to the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
A news report by Modernghana.com indicates that the funds were made to alleviate parents of the burden to meet the huge financial demands that come with treating cancers.
It is indicated that the donation is not actually a new initiative as over 1,200 children have benefited from yearly funds made by the Christ Temple branch of ICGC.
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