A man who was wrongly accused of murder had a sister who was a high school drop-out that put herself through law school to help prove his innocence!
This story may sound familiar. Well, it’s because the story is so incredible that Hollywood made a movie of it that was released in 2010. Conviction starred Hilary Swank as the sister and Sam Rockwell as the wrongly convicted brother. Of course, the film differs from the real life story, but it’s still cool.
The real story took place in 1980 in Massachusetts. Kenny Waters was convicted in 1983 for the 1980 crimes of murder and robbery and was sentenced to life in prison. Kenny’s sister, Betty Ann Waters, was a high school drop-out who believed in her brother. She believed in him so much, that she put herself through college and law school to participate in her brother’s case.
She worked with the Innocence Project to get him exonerated in 2001 after 18 years in prison. DNA testing ended up proving Waters’ innocence and the real culprit has never been found. Unfortunately, Kenny Waters died in a freak accident 6 months after his release.