Tony Yarbrough and Shariff Wilson
After more than 20 years behind bars, Tony Yarbrough and Shariff Wilson were released from a New York prison this past February. Yabrough was 18, and Wilson was 15, when they were convicted for a 1992 triple murder in Brooklyn. There was no physical evidence linking them to the crime. The victims were Tony mother, Anne Yarbrough, his 12-year-old sister and her friend, also 12.
Wilson was coerced into a false confessions out of by police, under the promise that his 27-year sentence would be cut down to nine years. Tony recanted the confession in 2005 and passed lie detector tests to help prove his allegations against police.
The big break didn’t come until came in 2013. The city’s chief medical examiner matched DNA linking Anne’s killer to another woman, who was murdered in 1999. Tony and Wilson were both in prison at the time of the victim’s slaying.
The killer was never found.