James spent 35 years in prison
James Bain was arrested at age 19 for the kidnapping and rape of a 9 year old boy. He went to trial and was convicted. He was sentenced and spent 35 years in prison. His release from prison was not because he finished his sentence. James Bain was released because DNA evidence was finally considered, and it cleared him of any connection with the crime. All those years in prison, he was innocent.
David Tyler lives here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. David is the person who introduced me to James Bain.
James was arrested at age 19 as a suspect in a horrible crime, which you’ll learn about in a few minutes. He was convicted for that crime, and sentenced to prison. He spent 35 years in prison as part of his punishment for that crime. James was released from prison on December 17, 2009. David figured out how to get in touch with him, and invited him to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game. They've been close friends ever since.
What’s interesting about this is the story behind WHY James was released. It’s not because he finished his prison sentence, or because he convinced the parole board that he was ready to enter society again. James was released because after he had spent 35 years in prison, DNA evidence cleared him of being connected with the crime.
He was innocent.
It’s kind of hard for me to even wrap my mind around being out of normal society for 35 years. I mean, that was the mid 1970s. No one had computers, no one had cell phones. Even a lot of televisions being sold then were still just black and white. So you can imagine it was quite a revelation for James when he was released and saw how the world and technology had changed over 35 years.
David introduced me to James a few months ago, at the 10 year anniversary of the day James was released from prison. I asked him if he would like to come on the podcast and tell his story. I hope you enjoy it.