The man has some serious dedication!
Ryan Matthews was accused of killing a man when he was just a 17-year-old kid. He was sentenced to death a couple of years later. He spent 5 years on the death row awaiting his final moments in sheer agony of knowing that he was innocent but couldn't do anything about it. But things began to change as his family firmly believed in him and never stopped fighting back.
As reported by ABC13, he was exonerated after DNA evidence completely freed him and the real killer confessed. The killing (happened in 1997) was that of a 43-year-old owner of Comeaux's Market in Bridge City, Louisiana. It was reported that the killer was a black male in a ski mask and the authorities believed that it was Matthews who did it. Interestingly, the businessman who was killed was a white man and Matthews faced a jury with 11 white members on it.
He told ABC: "All these years ago when I first came home, a reporter asked me what I wanted to do, and I told them I wanted to go to school." And Matthews totally kept his word as he graduated from a Texas University with a bachelor's degree in applied arts and sciences.