What set me free : a true story of wrongful conviction, a dream deferred, and a man redeemed
- 921 B2185 (POW)
First Atria paperback edition.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2019.
"The story that inspired the major motion picture Brian Banks."--Cover.
"The unforgettable and inspiring true story of Brian Banks, whose youth was shattered by a miscarriage of justice, yet who still found a way to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL."--Back cover.
At sixteen Banks was a nationally recruited All-American Football player; by his seventeenth birthday he was in jail awaiting trial for a crime he did not commit. As a young black man accused of rape, he was advised to take a plea deal-- and was sentenced to six years in prison. Banks made the choice to shed the bitterness and anger he felt, and focus only on the things he had the power to control. Emerging from prison with five years of parole still in front of him, he set out to prove his innocence. As his parole was set to expire, armed with a shocking recantation from his accuser and the help of the California Innocence Project, the truth came out and he was exonerated. At age twenty-eight, Banks made true his dream to play for the NFL. -- adapted from back cover