Ohio Man Finally Freed After Spending Over 27 Years in Prison for Crime He Didn’t Commit

Charles Jackson

Charles Jackson was confined to prison walls for 27 years, six months, and 20 days for a 1991 murder he didn’t do.

Decades of precious time lost, but Jackson knew his life wasn’t over. He stood up to the justice system and fought for his freedom.

“I was 27 when I went to jail when I can home I was 54 and my daughter was 27 so I was gone a long time,” Jackson said.

“Everything is different, people change and even your family members, you don’t know people, you’re just a stranger now, and it’s just hard.”

Jackson grew up in a poor and crime-ridden neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side, turning to drug dealing and doing what he could to survive, but never murder.

“Being African American living in my community and the life choices, lifestyle I was living it was acceptable for me to see prison in my future,” Jackson said. “When I was locked up in prison and then I saw a whole different side of what life is because I was in prison for something I didn’t do.”

A witness to the April 1991 murder said the shooter hung out in the neighborhood and drove a 1978 or 79 brown or maroon Monte Carlo, a classic popular in the 90s.

Investigators had made a recent traffic stop with a car resembling that one, suspecting the driver of carrying drugs but found none in the car.

They still took a picture of the driver, who was Jackson, and showed it to the witness who falsely identified him.

Weeks later, Jackson was arrested.

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SOURCE: Cleveland19, Caitlin McCarthy

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