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White Sox rehire groundskeeper who was wrongly convicted of murder

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Nevest Coleman was a Chicago White Sox groundskeeper in this 20s when, in 1994, he was convicted of rape and murder and, after narrowly escaping a death sentence, was sent away to prison for 23 years. Nevest Coleman was an innocent man, however, and he was freed back in November by virtue of DNA evidence, with a Cook County judge giving him a certificate of innocence.

Now the Chicago White Sox have rehired him. Today, his first day back at work, the Chicago Tribune has his story:

“We’re grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest,” the team said in a statement. “It has been a long time, but we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We’re looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark.”

Coleman is 49. One of his former grounds crew mates is now his boss. He’s lost a couple of decades, but he’s now ready to restart his life and career. Go check out his story in the Tribune.