Cleared of murder, man starts fresh 24 years later
By Jennifer Peltz Associated Press | 4/24/2014, 1:55 p.m.
One legacy that haunts Fleming is regret over his 33-year-old son in prison, the one he left behind when he was arrested. The Disney World trip had been that son's ninth birthday present.
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While in a conversation with his lawyer Taylor Koss, left, Jonathan Fleming, center, observes his la …
"Sometimes I feel like I failed him because I really feel if I was out there, I don't think he'd be in prison now," says Fleming, who is planning a visit.
He's also been reconnecting with his other three sons, including one born while he was in prison and a 32-year-old son he didn't know he had until after he was behind bars. Fleming visited him and his family in Pennsylvania.
"They had a cookout," he says. "Made me really feel at home."
Fleming doesn't want to talk about his life before his arrest. He'd had other brushes with the law; prison system records show he had served about a year in an auto-theft case.
What he will say is: "I'm not going to pick up where I left off. It's a new day."
"A New Day" is his working title for a book he started writing in prison and hopes to publish someday. He also wants to go to college, maybe law school, to help other inmates challenge convictions and to advise young people about staying out of trouble.
"I'm excited to move forward," Fleming says. "Because I know God has a plan for me."
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