After an overturned conviction, man steps into the unknown

George Souliotes was a middle-aged father wrongly convicted for the murders of three tenants who died in a fire he was accused of setting. Now, after almost 17 years in prison, at the age of 72 he’s trying to move beyond the jumpsuits, restrictions and bars of his former life.

From Maura Dolan’s Column One story:

At St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Souliotes mingled with other Greek immigrants, many of whom had followed his case. People wanted to know about prison, but he didn’t like talking about it.

He wanted to forget the stabbings — he saw 17 in one day during a riot in the yard. He wanted to forget the spaghetti that came in a clump and had to be sliced. He wanted to forget the nights he cried into a towel so no one would hear.

"I want to quit talking about these things," he said. "The past is gone."

Read the full account of his return here.

Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times, Joan Barnett Lee / Modesto Bee, Bret Hartman / For the Times

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