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Wrongfully convicted Steven Barnes now working with prisoners, by choice

By By EVAN WHITE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man who served nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit is now working with inmates by choice.

Barnes was wrongfully convicted of raping and murdering 16-year old Kimberly Simon in 1985.

Now he works for Oneida County Workforce development, helping released prisoners find work and housing.

We asked, what made him choose the job.

"Guys run into these obstacles, I talk to them and they say 'what do you know,'" Barnes said. "I say 'I know. I've been in there.' And to come out into the community and try to get out on the right foot sometimes...you need assistance and help."

Barnes says he is still pursing legal action against the state, seeking damages for his wrongful conviction.

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