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Grab your Kleenex for this one!

John Bunn was just 14-years-old when he was convicted of murdering an off-duty corrections officer. 27 years later, he wept in a courtroom as he was exonerated for the crime he never committed.

Via PIX 11:

John Bunn always maintained his innocence in the Crown 1991 Crown Heights shooting death of Rolando Neischer and the attempted murder of Robert Crosson. He served 17 years in prison and was paroled in 2009, but he kept up the fight to clear his name.

Bunn worked with attorneys from the Exoneration Initiative for years. They were by his side as Brooklyn prosecutors dismissed the indictment against Bunn.

“I want to say thank you, your Honor, because for 27 years I have been fighting for my life,” he said.

Bunn’s case was worked by former NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella, a retired officer accused of coercing confessions, manipulating witnesses and giving misleading testimony.

During his time in prison, Bunn heroically stopped the attempted rape of a prison counselor.

Watch the unforgettable moment below.




What’s heartbreaking about all of this is they will never be able to give John back all of the years they stole from him.