Freed Wilson Set on College

Determined to "succeed in life" after two years behind bars for teen sex conviction
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2007 6:54 AM CDT
Juannessa Bennett, left, mother of Genararlow Wilson, right, embracing his sister Jaiya Bennett, center, minutes after Genarlow was released from the Burruss Correctional Center in Fosyth Geaoria, Friday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – "I've got a new life," Genarlow Wilson said yesterday as he left prison after two years behind bars for a teen sex conviction. "You will not be disappointed," he vowed to his supporters. "I plan on succeeding in life." Wilson was released after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that his 10-year sentence for consensual oral sex at age 17 with a 15-year-old girl was "cruel and unusual," CNN reports.

Standing with his mother and sister, Wilson said he looked forward to spending time with his family and planned to study sociology at college.  One supporter, the Rev. Al Sharpton, called Wilson's release a "significant victory."