Nevest Coleman, Wrongfully Imprisoned for Rape and Murder, Rehired by White Sox

The Chicago White Sox logo is painted behind home plate at U.S. Cellular Field before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Chicago. U.S. Cellular Field will become known as Guaranteed Rate Field starting in November. The team and the mortgage company announced a 13-year naming rights deal on Wednesday. The ballpark has been named U.S. Cellular Field since 2003 after being called new Comiskey Park from 1991 to 2002. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The Chicago White Sox rehired Nevest Coleman as a groundskeeper Monday, 24 years after he was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder. 

According to Gregory Pratt of the Chicago Tribune, Coleman spent 23 years behind bars until DNA evidence exonerated him in November.

Coleman last worked for the team in 1994, and he often spoke about getting his job back one day while in prison.

Per Pratt, the White Sox released the following statement regarding their decision to rehire Coleman: “We’re grateful that after more than two decades, justice has been carried out for Nevest. It has been a long time, but we’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to welcome him back to the White Sox family. We’re looking forward to having Nevest back on Opening Day at home in our ballpark.”

The White Sox open the 2018 regular season with a road game against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday before facing the Detroit Tigers in their home opener on April 5.