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Nevest Coleman, Wrongfully Imprisoned for Rape and Murder, Rehired by White Sox

27 March 2018

With AP Photos.A former Chicago White Sox groundskeeper will return to his old job after spending 23 years in prison on a wrongful conviction.

Coleman would go on to spend 23 years in prison before DNA evidence led to his exoneration and that of his co-defendant. Imprisoned for a rape and murder he didn't commit, Coleman was exonerated and released in November. "We're glad to have him back", Powe said.

On Monday, he stepped onto Guaranteed Rate Field - which he knew back when it was called Comiskey Park.

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A man who was exonerated after spending almost a quarter century in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit is now back at work with the Chicago White Sox.

The body of a 20-year-old woman was found in the basement of a home on Chicago's South Side where Coleman lived. Coleman is a seasonal employee, but he says he has his sights set on a full-time gig in the future. Coleman was afforded a certificate of innocence by a Cook County judge in November and was freed from jail, according to the Chicago Tribune. Coleman had frequently talked about his desire to return to work once he was released.

"We're grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest", the Sox said in a statement. "That's exactly what I told them". "It has been a long time, but we're thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family".

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Nevest Coleman is now a grounds crew member at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, a job he had held before his life was turned upside down in 1994.

"His first wish, before he wished for a hamburger, was to work for the White Sox".

After a string of interviews and reconnecting with old friends and coworkers, Coleman changed into a yellow rubber suit and took a power washer to spray the ground clean, the Tribune wrote. "That's about all I knew", Coleman said.

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Nevest Coleman, Wrongfully Imprisoned for Rape and Murder, Rehired by White Sox