Exonerated: The bitter road to recapture lost lives

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Being exonerated for a crime that you did not commit should be a time to rejoice and take stock in the validation of your innocence.

But for some people falsely convicted of crimes, the reality is the bitter realization of the life that was lost and the time that can’t be recovered.

Michael Cosme, Devon Ayers and Carlos Perez each spent 17 years in prison for the 1995 killings of a livery cab driver and FedEx executive in New York.

It was a complicated case where efforts to link the two murders rested on testimony from a witness who now says detectives forced her to lie and exculpatory evidence that if fully investigated would have led to the real killers. Dateline NBC recently aired “The Bronx Tale,” the story of Eric Glisson, who also was wrongly convicted in the murder of that livery cab driver.

As a follow-up to that story, Cosme, Ayers and Perez talked to Dateline’s Dan Slepian about their release from prison.

Let us know what you think of their stories in the comments below.

Click here to read more about Eric Glisson’s story from Dateline NBC