A former Chicago White Sox groundskeeper will return to his job after being jailed for 23 years over a crime he didn't commit.
What are the details of his jail time?
Nevest Coleman, 49, received prison time in 1994 for a rape and murder that he did not commit.
After his 1994 sentencing, Coleman remained behind bars for the next 23 years.
That is until new DNA evidence uncovered in November led prosecutors to vacate his conviction, according to the Chicago Tribune.
As a result of the vacation, a Cook County, Illinois, judge granted Coleman a certificate of innocence earlier in March, which cleared his name.
The outlet also reported that during the trial, prosecutors requested he receive the death penalty as part of his conviction, but a "long line of character witnesses" — including three employees of the baseball franchise — were able to testify on his behalf.
How did he end up back with the Sox?
According to the Tribune, Coleman's friends and family worked together after he left prison in November in an attempt to re-secure his former job. The outlet reported that Coleman often spoke of returning to Comiskey Park, now called Guaranteed Rate Field, after his release.
"I want to sit back for a while, get to know my family, and when the time comes around, go back to Comiskey Park," Coleman recalled saying, according to the Tribune.
WBBM-TV reported that Coleman's family priest also reached out to the White Sox on Coleman's behalf.
The team reportedly heard his story and learned that his conviction would be vacated. After inviting him for an interview, the team rehired him 23 years after he left.
The White Sox, in a statement, said, "We’re grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest. It has been a long time, but we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We’re looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark."
The White Sox's home opener is against the Detroit Tigers on April 5.
Coleman told the Tribune that he's very pleased to be returning to the job that he always loved.
"I’d wake up in the morning proud to go to work," Coleman said. "A lot of times, you get people who get jobs, you go to work, you be like, 'I don’t want to go.' Here, I loved it."
Monday was Coleman's first day back at work. He was met by longtime White Sox groundskeeper Roger “The Sodfather” Bossard and two other colleagues, with whom he worked in the past.
"I saved your spot for you," Bossard told Coleman after a hug. "I knew you’d be back."
You can see a video of Coleman's emotional release here.
Back in uniform, back in the game. Nevest Coleman back with the White Sox grounds crew after 23 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. pic.twitter.com/X0alRPq0Rc
— Judy Wang (@JudyWangWGN) March 26, 2018