Terrance Lewis is walking out of prison FREE!
After spending decades behind bars for a West Philadelphia murder he didn’t commit, he’d just about given up. Locked up because a supposed witness said he did it, now, out of nowhere, he and his legal team were caught off guard by some great news.
Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott, who 6 ABC News reports is “known for her toughness,” threw out his conviction! He’d been fighting for his freedom, watching his son grow up behind bars, and only McDermott listened and saw his conviction was an injustice.
His now 21-year-old son Zahaire was born just a month after he was incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Even the family of the 1996 murder victim, Hulon Bernard Howard, supported his release because the evidence made it clear Terrance should be let go.
District Attorney Larry Krasner didn’t pursue charges against Terrance. Some DA’s aren’t willing to let someone go free even when evidence shows they should because they want to keep convictions in place. Now, Terrance can begin his new life outside prison.
Terrance says his faith helped him get through the difficult times. Unfortunately, Terrance’s story isn’t unique and it shows this system needs a big change.