James Bain Released After 35 Years In Jail For A Crime He Never Committed
James Bain walked a free man from the Polk County courthouse today, using a cell phone to call his mother for the first time ever, since his arrest in 1974 for a crime he did not commit.
Bain was sentenced to life in prison, when he was found guilty of kidnapping a young 9-year-old boy and raping him in a nearby field. Mobile phones, nor the DNA testing that was used to prove he did not commit the crime existed in 1974, and it was the DNA testing that proved his innocence and set him free.
“Nothing can replace the years Jamie has lost,” said Seth Miller, a lawyer for the Florida Innocence Project who helped fight the cause for Bain’s freedom.
Bain spent more time in prison than any of the 246 inmates previously exonerated by DNA evidence nationwide according to the Florida Innocence Project, and also said that he does not harbor any anger.
Walking free wearing a “Not Guilty” t-shirt, he said “No, I’m not angry,” “Because I’ve got God.” The “Not Guilty” Bain also said that he will look forward to eating fried turkey and drinking Dr Pepper.
Source: Associated Press
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