ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It was one year ago today a young Missouri man walked out of prison after spending a decade behind bars for a murder he had nothing to do with. Ryan Ferguson sat down with FOX 2 for an exclusive interview about his first year of freedom.
Ferguson was just 19 when went into prison. So stepping back into the real world at the age of 29 was completely foreign to him.While in prison it was his fitness and diet regiment that helped him remain emotionally and physically strong, He has not only continued that in his new life but is also teaching others.
Ferguson now lives in Florida near his grandparents.
He was convicted in 2004 and sentenced to 40 years for the murder of a Columbia sports reporter. But there was never any evidence linking Ferguson to the crime and two witnesses later recanted their testimony under oath and his conviction was overturned by an appeals court.
Ferguson's case drew international attention. To date his Facebook page has over 100 thousand supporters.
Ferguson recently turned 30 and after missing his entire twenties he has been working to rebuild his life. Since his release he has written two books about physical fitness. His first book Stronger, Faster, Smarter-- A Guide to your Most Powerful Body. It comes out the first of the year. And Ferguson has become a certified personal trainer. But Ferguson also continues to be an advocate for others around the country who he believes have been wrongly convicted.
"It's sad because there are so many innocent people in prison right now, Conservative estimates say around 40, 000 minimum and most don't have a voice and will never have a voice. And it's my responsibility, with whatever opportunities I get to speak about them, that I am not an anomaly this happens on a daily basis all across America and we can change that," said Ferguson.
For the last two years Ferguson has been followed by a camera crew as part of an upcoming documentary film, set for release in January.
It was directed by award winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks. Ferguson also is in the process of writing a book about his arrest, conviction and release.