Man celebrating five years of freedom after wrongful murder conviction

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five years ago, a Missouri man woke up in a prison cell, but within hours he was walking out of that prison a free man. Now, Darryl Burton is celebrating five years of freedom.

Burton spent 24 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, a murder in St. Louis. His conviction was based on two snitch witnesses who got lighter sentences for testifying against him and later one of them recanted. Five years ago, Burton won his appeal and the warden told him he’d be leaving prison for the first time in 24 years.

“He just came in with a huge grin and said I was exonerated, said ‘you’re going home today, you’re free man, we have to get you out of this prison because you’re not staff, you’re not an inmate, we have ot get you out,'” said Burton.

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