After Spending More than Half His Life in Prison, this Innocent 70-year-old Man is Now Free

By The Free Thought Project Joseph Sledge became a free man on Friday after a three-judge panel declared him innocent of a 1976 murder for which he had been convicted.
Andrea Germanos |
Seventy-year-old Sledge, who always maintained his innocence, had already spent 37 years behind bars.
As WRAL reported: “Last month, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission recommended the case of Joseph Sledge for judicial review after newly discovered evidence cast doubt on whether he had anything to do with the killings of Josephine Davis, 74, and Ailene Davis, 53, in their Elizabethtown home.”
Sledge escaped from prison in 1976 where he was serving a four-year …read more