WNBA Star Maya Moore Helps Overturn Conviction of Man Falsely Imprisoned for Over 20 Years

Maya Moore has constantly been one of one of the best gamers within the WNBA, incomes the Rookie of the Year title again in 2011, 4 WNBA championships, and two Olympic gold medals.

However, today she’s making an excellent greater affect off the court docket by combating for felony justice reform.

Specifically, the 30-year-old star of the Minnesota Lynx has been combating to overturn the responsible verdict of 39-year-old Jonathan Irons, who has been behind bars since 1997 after being convicted of burglarizing a house and assaulting the house owner with a gun.

Irons, who was solely 16 on the time, claimed his innocence, however he was finally discovered responsible by an all-white jury regardless of zero proof that he did it apart from being recognized by the house owner.

In truth, authorities failed to show over fingerprint proof that might’ve helped Irons’ protection, according to Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green.

He was tried as an adult and sentenced to 50 years in prison, but he has maintained his innocence ever since the conviction.

Moore became involved in the case when she met Irons in 2007 during a visit to the Jefferson City Correctional Facility where he was imprisoned, and after talking to him, she quickly decided to intervene.

Now, more than a decade after meeting and continuing to fight the conviction, Moore and Irons have finally found success. On Monday (Mar. 9), Judge Green overturned the conviction of Irons.

Moore, who was in attendance when the Judge made his ruling, told reporters: “It felt so surreal. We finally have justice. I was just thinking, ‘Did this really happen? Did it?’”

Irons additionally couldn’t suppress his elation on the information, saying: “It feels like I can just breathe, like the weight of the world is off of me, like I have the chance to live.”

When requested about Moore’s participation in serving to to combat his case, Irons put it merely: “She saved my life.”

Despite the victory, the combat nonetheless isn’t over for Irons and Moore. The state of Missouri can nonetheless problem the Judge’s choice to overturn the conviction or retry the case within the subsequent 45 days.

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