Wiley Bridgeman, Kwame Ajamu (formerly Ronnie Bridgeman), and Ricky Jackson were convicted in 1975 of a murder they did not commit, and sentenced to death. Though the men's sentences were commuted to life terms in 1978, Jackson remained in prison for 39.5 years, while Wiley Bridgeman served approximately 39 years. Ronnie Bridgeman was released in 2003 on parole, after serving approximately 28 years.
December 9, 2014: Wiley Bridgeman, Kwame Ajamu, and Ricky Jackson are officially declared innocent by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Kwame Ajamu states at his exoneration hearing, "My battle has come to an end."
November 21, 2014: Wiley Bridgeman and Ricky Jackson are freed from prison after the case against them is dismissed.
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