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Pro wrestlers help Tennessee man wrongfully jailed for 12 years fight for justice

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Wrestling For Innocence, an organization dedicated to help those who are wrongfully imprisoned, hold an event in Nashville. (WZTV)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After spending more than a decade in prison for a crime he didn't commit, an innocent man is finally home with his family.

But, his fight for justice is still not over.

On Sunday, Wrestling for Innocence held an event in Nashville to raise awareness and help those who have been wrongfully imprisoned – those like Adam Braseel.

“To truly be an innocent man in prison is very humbling; it's overwhelming,” he says.

Braseel spent 12 years in jail, convicted for a 2006 murder he didn't do.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation originally didn't have a match for the fingerprints at the crime scene, but when they ran them again in 2017, they found a match: Kermit Bryson.

The TBI noted Bryson did look a lot like Braseel.

“It's not okay what they've done to me and my family. You know, they put me in prison with a 51-year life sentence over my head for something I knew nothing about and they didn't care that I received justice,” Braseel says.

“He was basically being deemed a sociopath by our society and this guy is not a sociopath,” says WWE wrestler Kevin Nash.

Scott Hall and Kevin Nash are two, famous WWE professional wrestlers who are supporting the Wrestling for Innocence project and Braseel's fight for freedom.

Nash said, on Saturday, he saw Braseel just standing in the hotel lobby.

“And just like, there's very few things that have an emotional effect on me at this point in my life but I actually just got like, you know, like the hair on my back just stood up and I was like, 'wow, man. That's amazing, like, there he is he's standing right there,” Nash remembers.

However, Braseel hasn't been exonerated.

He's out free on time served after having to take a plea deal to a lesser charge; it's what he was told is in his best interest.

“And so I took this plea, and I was able to come home justly free, but with a felony. And how sad that is to be actually innocent and come home with a felony.”

The other thing is money.

“My family has spent almost $200,000 on attorneys to fight to prove I’m an innocent man.”

But this event is helping with that, and he couldn't be more thankful.

He says they still have a long road ahead of them and still owe about $40,000 in attorney's fees, but says he and his family will keep fighting for him to be exonerated and to receive just compensation.

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