Imprisoned for 27 years for a rape he didn’t commit, Michael Anthony Green walked out of jail a free man on Friday and in the process was able to leave behind some of the anger that had fueled his survival behind bars.
Accompanied by his attorney, Green walked out of the Harris County Jail and into the arms of about 20 family members who cheered him.
“Live life,” Green said, when asked what he is going to do now.
Green, 44, was released after the Harris County District Attorney’s Office reopened his case and new DNA tests it commissioned showed he did not commit the 1983 rape of a woman who had been abducted. During a court hearing Friday, a judge ordered that Green be released on a $500 bond, allowing him to be free while the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals makes a final ruling on his innocence.
Asked what kept him going the last 27 years, Green said that in part it was his anger.
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