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Two Chicago men are free after spending twenty years in jail for a crime they did not commit. According to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, charges were dropped against 42-year old Ronald Kitchen and 50-year old Marvin Reeves. After a re-investigation of the case it was determined that there was a lack of credible evidence to keep the men in jail. Ronald Kitchen was in disbelief of his freedom.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet. It’s, like, surreal. And I guess when I actually sit down and take a hot bath. It might hit me then.”

Kitchen and Reeves were convicted of killing two women and three children in 1988. Kitchen was sentenced to death and Reeves was sentenced to five life terms. Reeves was tortured into giving a confession by former crooked police detective, John Burge and crew.

Burge is notorious for beating more than 200 suspects into forced confessions from 1972 to 1991. The detective beat Reeves in the head with a telephone, punching him in the face and kicking him in the groin. Burge is awaiting trial on lying about torturing suspects; he has more than 20 cases of torture under investigation.