NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A man who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder was freed Tuesday and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation.
Jonathan Fleming, 51, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family in a Brooklyn courtroom. Relatives said, “Thank you, God!” after he was freed.READ MORE: Police: Man Stabbed In Head With Machete After Argument At Walmart In Kearny, N.J.
“After 25 years, come hug your mother,” she said, and he did.
There was not a trace of bitterness in Fleming’s voice or his mother’s CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
The father of four and grandfather spoke about his release outside court.
“How do I feel? I feel wonderful. I’m going to eat dinner with my mother and my family and I’m gonna live the rest of my life,” Fleming said. “I’ve dreamt about this many nights and I’m finally a free man. Justice has definitely been served today.”