Ryan W. Ferguson
By: Maverick Hale
Ryan W. Ferguson was wrongly convicted of the robbery and second-degree murder of journalist Kent Heitholt in the early 2000s. At the time of Ryan’s conviction, which was 40 years in prison, he was in his late teens. Through Ryan’s trial, two alleged witnesses testified against the man as well as evidence withholding by the prosecutors. Those testimonies convinced a jury that he was guilty but much later recanted their testimonies. Almost a decade later on November 5, 2005, Ryan’s conviction was overturned and he was free to go home.