A Man Who Served 23 Years For A Crime He Didn’t Commit Keeps Promise To Return To His Job With The White Sox

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A Chicago man freed from jail after serving more than two decades for a crime he didn’t commit plans to return to his original job Monday.

Now that Nevest Coleman is a free man, he plans to go back to the job he had 23 years ago as a grounds keeper for the White Sox, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“His first wish, before he wished for a hamburger, was to work for the White Sox,” cousin Richard Coleman said after Coleman was released. “That’s exactly what I told them.”

Coleman was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for the brutal rape and murder of a young black woman who was found with a metal pipe jammed into her genitals and a piece of concrete in her mouth. DNA evidence unearthed by the prosecution revealed Coleman did not actually commit the crime, so he was released and exonerated in December 2017.

Coleman, who used to work for the White Sox, said his biggest desire was to go back to the same job he had. With the help of his friends and family, they managed to get him an interview with the White Sox, who agreed to take him back.

“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.”

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