Jonathan Irons (age 39) was sent to prison for burglary and assault in 1998. After serving 22 years, he had a 50-year sentence overturned on Monday, thanks to the support of Maya Moore (age 30).
Irons was 16 at the time of his conviction, but he was tried as an adult. He maintains that there was no evidence at all against him. No witnesses, no fingerprints, no DNA—nothing. There was only the testimony of the man who says he was shot twice by Irons during a home invasion. This was his fourth appeal.
Moore, who is also from Jefferson City, Missouri, met Irons over ten years ago through a ministry outreach program. She took interest in his case and helped share his story. They more she learned, the more she became interested in fighting wrongful convictions. From there, she launched a non-profit and stepped away from basketball to be fully present to the cause. She plans to sit out another season to assess her goals.