After spending 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Nevest Coleman is back at work with the Chicago White Sox.
Coleman, then a 25-year-old groundskeeper with the White Sox, was convicted of the 1994 rape and murder of a Chicago woman and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He was freed last year after DNA found on the victim was linked to a serial rapist.
Friends and family contacted the White Sox after his release to help him get his old job back, CNN affiliate WGN reported.
The team said it was grateful that “justice has been carried out for Nevest” and said they were happy to welcome him back to the team as one of its groundskeepers.
Coleman told WGN that he watched Sox games while he was in prison and would see his former colleagues scramble to protect the field during rain delays.
Two of his friends who are still on the grounds crew were there to greet him with big hugs on Monday morning when he arrived for his first day back on the job.
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SOURCE: CNN, David Williams