Wrongfully convicted man, Anthony Faison, writes book

March 22, 2013 4:57:44 PM PDT
He served 14 years for a murder he didn't commit.

So many men would have been bitter and angry, but not Anthony Faison.

He got a job, with a security clearance, and now he's written a book that he thinks will inspire others.

Investigative Reporter Sarah Wallace uncovered evidence that helped set him free back in 2001, and has the exclusive story on his new book.

Anthony Faison moved to Georgia after proving his innocence in 2001.

Signing copies of his new book, "The Mighty Hand," is nothing for Anthony Faison.

The 47-year-old wrote 70,000 letters over 14 years in prison and is determined to prove his innocence.

"So when I wrote I wrote with that passion, and that passion and that conviction, I would say 'This is going to be the letter that's going to get me out,'" Faison said.

He'd been sentenced to 25-years to life for a 1987 murder outside the Albany houses in Brooklyn, a seemingly dead-end life.

"I began to write, to study. If it had anything to do with getting me out of prison, and anything to do with me educating myself, that's what I would do," Faison said.

Someone on the outside finally paid attention. Private investigator Mike Race, who helped uncover evidence, along with Eyewitness News, that proved someone else committed the murder. Faison and his co-defendant, Charles Shepherd, were freed in May of 2001.

"I actually left New York and moved to the state of Georgia and which I made the decision to dedicate my life and my profession to those who go me out of prison, such as yourself," Faison said.

He became a security officer, a fugitive recovery officer for the State, and then to Homeland Security as a federal protective officer.

"I have national security clearance which enables me to work in the United States and to work in any federal building armed," Faison said.

And in his spare time, he wrote a book about his years in prison, and his determination not to let that define him.

"My conviction was so strong not to conform to the lifestyle of prison," Faison said, "To me my focus was essential to my existence."

Faison is able to work for the government because he legally proved his innocence.

His record is completely clean.

He has a book appearance and there's also been some interest in turning his story into a movie.


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