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Ex-death row inmate enjoys first night of freedom

Published 08/20/2011, Associated Press

Most prison inmates count down the weeks or months to freedom. For Damien Echols, who spent half his life on death row, it came almost out of the blue. His nearly two-decades-long fight for exoneration in the gruesome murders of three Cub Scouts produced an unexpected deal. He and two others, known collectively as the West Memphis Three, pleaded guilty Friday to lesser charges in exchange for sentences of the 18 years they'd already served.

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