(ABC News) – After nearly 10 years in prison for a murder conviction that was thrown out last week, 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson walked out of a Missouri prison last night and, after a news conference, sat down to a dinner of steak and beer with his family.
Ferguson was released Tuesday when the Missouri attorney general dropped the case against him after determining that the prosecutor withheld evidence in his case.
Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt after Ferguson’s classmate, Chuck Erickson, testified that he had dreams that made him believe he and Ferguson committed the crime during a robbery gone wrong.
Ferguson long maintained his innocence. Erickson later recanted his testimony.
Ferguson and his father, Bill Ferguson, spoke to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos today.