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Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee

Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee

In 1996, Eric Kelley (right) and Ralph Lee (left) were sentenced to life in prison after falsely confessing to murdering a video store clerk in Paterson, New Jersey. They were exonerated in 2018 with the help of Centurion Ministries and the Innocence Project by DNA tests that identified the real killer.
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Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips

In 1972, Richard Phillips was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a murder in Detroit, Michigan. He was exonerated in 2018 with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic after a co-defendant said Phillips was not involved in the crime. Having served 45 years in prison, Phillips set the record for longest incarceration prior to exoneration.
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Recent Exonerations

Recent Exonerations

​We feature the latest exonerations here as we find them. Clockwise from top left: Sundhe Moses, Edward Garry, Michael Shannon, and Shawn Lawrence.
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Ru-El Sailor

Ru-El Sailor

In 2003, Ru-El Sailor was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for a murder in Cleveland, Ohio. He was exonerated in 2018 with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project when three witnesses, including the real killer, said Sailor was not involved in the crime. This is the third exoneration that the Cuyahoga County Conviction Integrity Unit took part in.
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