Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

White Sox rehire groundskeeper who was wrongly convicted of murder

White Sox rehire groundskeeper who was wrongly convicted of murder

On Monday, Coleman picked up right where he left off 23 years ago, as the Chicago White Sox welcomed him back with open arms.

"I saved your spot for you", Bossard told Coleman, according to the Tribune. "Glad to see him back", said Jerry Powe, who testified on Coleman's behalf as a character witness at his trial and who is now his supervisor.

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.

Bossard then joked, "Just remember, I'm counting on you to help me with that tarp, too". Coleman is a seasonal employee, but he says he has his sights set on a full-time gig in the future.

Nevest Coleman, 49, worked on the White Sox grounds crew in 1994 when he was arrested and imprisoned for a rape and murder in Englewood, despite the lack of any physical evidence.

Since Coleman's false conviction, he has spent 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. "When I was in there, I was miserable, but now I've got my loved ones behind me on my side, that misery is gone now", Coleman said.

Almost two decades passed and, finally, in 2017, a Cook County judge exonerated him and Fulton, thanks to DNA evidence, which pointed towards a serial rapist, who has not been named in the press. "That's exactly what I told them". "I'd wake up in the morning proud to go to work".

"His first wish, before he wished for a hamburger, was to work for the White Sox", cousin Richard Coleman said after Coleman was released.

In a statement, the Chicago White Sox organization said it was grateful "justice has been carried out" and thrilled to welcome Coleman "back to the White Sox family". Coleman got straight to work, power-washing the area around Gate 4 and looking forward to a new life and White Sox Opening Day.

The White Sox home opener is April 5 against the Detroit Tigers.

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