We’re continuing to follow the story of an Augusta man now walking free after spending nearly two years in jail for a crime he says he has proof he didn’t commit.
Maurice Franklin was arrested in 2019 and faced more than 51 charges and a thousand years in prison for a drive-by shooting he says he was nowhere near. Now free from jail Franklin says he wants people to know his story is more common than you might think.
Maurice Franklin feels lucky his charges were dropped before he was wrongly convicted. In the last 30 years, the National Registry of Exonerations shows more than 2,700 people were exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit adding up to nearly 25,000 years of life lost. When you compare that to how long the average person lives that’s about 320 lifetimes lost.
You can miss a lot in 604 days.
“I missed two birthdays, I missed two Easters, two Christmases, me and my wife’s anniversary,” said Franklin.
Maurice franklin is making up for lost time. A tragic story but not as uncommon as one might hope.
“I had a support system that was led by my wife, that had my back. They made sure my story got out, but there are plenty of people who are sitting in a cell for something they did not do,” he said.
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