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Kentucky Wesleyan hosts former inmate

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

You have the opportunity to hear from someone who challenged the criminal justice system; and won.

Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro will host Darryl Burton Thursday night at 7, and to say he's got an interesting backstory is just the tip of the iceberg.

Burton was wrongfully convicted of capital murder and armed criminal action back in the mid 1980s.

During his time in prison, he studied law, prepared legal briefs, and filed motions with the court to prove his innocence.

He was finally exonerated in late August of 2008.

Thursday, Burton will tell his story and talk about the problems that he faced while trying to regain his freedom.

He'll also talk about some of the struggles that former inmates face when they try to integrate back into society after a prison sentence, as well as the global issue of wrongful convictions.

If you'd like to attend Burton's presentation, it will be held in Tapscott Chapel on Kentucky Wesleyan's campus.

The college is also hosting a reception tonight from 6-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Eagle Crest Drive in Evansville.

It's a good opportunity for high school and transfer students to learn about what the college has to offer.

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