When he came out, he'd lost his 20s and 30s, most of his old friends and his place in the world.
"I did 19 years, two months and 21 days," said the 42-year-old former U.S. Army sergeant, who was convicted of rape, aggravated rape and attempted rape on the basis of false identification.
He is now the latest prisoner the 127th nation-wide to be exonerated and released from jail after the Innocence Project used DNA evidence to prove his innocence.
This weekend, he and more than 30 other exonerees from around the country will arrive in New York to share their experiences and see the play "The Exonerated," based on stories like their own.
Sarah Gilbert, "Exonerated now free to play," The new York Post, May 9, 2003
"Pulling a Wilkey?," Roll Call, July 27, 1992