West Memphis Three 

The West Memphis Three are Damien Wayne Echols (b. Dec. 11, 1974), Jessie Misskelley Jr. (b. July 10, 1975) and Charles Jason Baldwin (b. April 11, 1977). In 1994, two juries found the men, who were teenagers at the time, guilty of murdering three 8-year-old boys — Steve Edward "Stevie" Branch (b. Nov. 26, 1984), James Michael Moore (b. July 27, 1984) and Christopher Mark Byers (b. June 23, 1984) — in May 1993 in West Memphis. Echols was sentenced to death, Baldwin and Misskelley to life without parole. They were released from prison on Aug. 19, 2011, under the terms of a rare legal maneuver called an Alford Plea, which required them to plead guilty while allowing them to maintain their innocence.

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