Three men walked out of jail into the arms of family members Wednesday night after 18 years in prison on murder convictions.
In an emotional reunion with his family on a Bronx street, Michael Cosme, 37, screamed, "I'm free, I'm free. Finally, after 18 years, I'm free."
Cosme, Devon Ayers and Carlos Perez were convicted in the murders of a livery cab driver and a FedEx executive in 1995. But nearly two decades later, prosecutors learned two gang members confessed to murdering the cab driver, and the rest of the case unraveled, documented in a joint WNBC/Dateline investigation.
"I've been innocent, and I've been fighting all these years, and the hard work finally paid off," said Cosme.
Two other people also wrongly convicted of the same murder were released from prison in October 2012.
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