In 1978, an American man named Michael Hanline was convicted of first degree murder, a horrible crime which he apparently didn’t commit, but was wrongly sentenced to life in prison.
36 years later, with the help of the California Innocence Project, Michael is now a free man and the first thing he wanted to know was what REAL burgers taste like. As you can see from the video below, there were lots of mixed emotions surrounding Michael as he was released from prison.
When he stepped into a car, he felt like he was riding a space rocket ship and who can really blame him, especially knowing that he’s been a victim of the so called miscarriage of justice, forcing him to serve 36 years of wrong jail time. The innocent man still has a lot of sense of humour though and he couldn’t get his mind off the burger he once saw on a TV commercial.
So off to the burger joint they went and the reaction from his first bite of the burger…PRICELESS!
“My oh my…that’s what meat taste like huh” Michael said.
A little more information on the J.T. McGarry murder case
In November 1978, a biker’s body was found on the side of the road which was later identified as J.T McGarry. It is believed that he was kidnapped from his home in Ventura County, California and was shot a number of times before being dumped on the side of the road not far from his home.
Michael Hanline was arrested during the investigation and was ultimately convicted of the murder with the judge sentencing him to life imprisonment. Michael has maintained his innocence since day 1. When CIP reviewed the case, they noticed the wrongful sentence and has been working on Michael’s release since 1999. You can learn more about this case and what the California Innocence Project (A Law School Clinical Program) has done on their website.
So what does a man do after 36 years were taken away from him?
I’ll probably start with a burger too…