In 2017 This Man Was Freed Of His Double Murder Charge And Was Later Given $21 In Compensation

Craig Richard Coley was condemned to spend his life in a prison cell following the brutal double murder of his ex-girlfriend Rhonda Wicht and her young son, Donald. But throughout Coley’s incarceration, he maintained his innocence and even stayed hopeful that one day he would get out. Then, after the man had spent almost four decades behind bars, alarming new DNA evidence caused the entire case to come crashing down.

Image: Craig Coley via The Los Angeles Times

Coley came into the world in 1947 as the only child of parents Marjourie and Wilson – the latter of whom was a former Los Angeles cop. And he would go on to serve in the U.S. military, completing three tours in Vietnam during the last half of the 1960s. Little did the veteran know, though, that he would unexpectedly wind up on the wrong side of the law a few years later – and that his life would start to crumble around him.

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