COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus man recently released from prison after serving a sentence of more than three decades for rape charges his sharing his story. He maintained his innocence while he was behind bars.
His conviction was recently overturned by the Georgia Court of Appeals after the court ruled that the judge allowed Tyner to represent himself during closing arguments without warning Tyner of potential legal ramifications.
“There wasn’t nothing easy about the situation,” Tyner said.
He says he was overjoyed when he found out he was being released after spending 35 years behind bars.
“I felt jubilant because the long overdue justice had come and I thank God for that,” he described.
He was released about four months ago.
“They’re using my conviction, which was thrown out by the court of appeals to deny me the things that I really need,” Tyner said.
He says he’s struggled since his release.
“Can’t get a job. Trying to find a place to live. I don’t have a stable place to live,” he said.
He was awaiting retrial.