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story.lead_photo.caption Damien Echols, left, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., center, and Jason Baldwin sit at a table during a news conference at the Craighead County Court House in Jonesboro, after their release from prison. The three pled guilty to the 1993 deaths of three West Memphis children after agreeing to a legal maneuver that lets them maintain their innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence against them. ( ben krain )

Three men convicted in the 1993 slayings of three West Memphis boys walked out of court as free men Friday after pleading guilty to reduced charges under an unusual agreement.

The three men convicted of the 1993 slayings of three West Memphis boys were released Friday after reaching a plea deal in which they plead guilty to lesser charges but maintained their innocence.

Plea deal reached in West Memphis murders

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 08/20/2011

Print Headline: 3 plead guilty to murders, are set free


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