An Atlanta man is free after spending over 20 years in prison, and now has a job offer he couldn’t refuse.
Tyler Perry offered a job to a man who had been serving a life sentence since 1991, reports WSB-TV. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office launched The Conviction Integrity Unit and heard of 52-year-old Darrell Hall’s case last year.
In December they went to court to end his sentence and bring him home. On Wednesday at a banquet to celebrate the new unit, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard surprised Hall with the news.
“I figure it’s been a long time coming,” Derrell Hall said.
It’s a bit surreal for Derrell Hall to be sitting in his sisters den and playing with his nephews.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Hall told CBS46.
“He said put the handcuffs on him,” Hall recalled. In the back of the squad car came the second surprise. “So we found this on you. He showed me a brown bag. What that is? They said drugs,” explained Hall.
Inside Fulton County Jail, Hall learned he was being charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. He said his trial lasted two days.
“I got control of all the drug action in the neighborhood that’s how they played it to the jury. So they came back with a guilty verdict,” Hall explained.
It was his second felony offense. Georgia law at the time required a life sentence, and that’s exactly what he was given. Twenty-one years rolled by while he sat behind bars.
“I’ve seen many people get hurt and killed while I was incarcerated,” Hall said.
Yet nothing ended his hope that change would come.
“It was a letter from the DA saying we coming down to interview for a sentence modification.”
“You are immediately released… like all the pressure on my back just went away like.”
Now free, Hall received an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“He gave me the card that said you have an interview Monday, Tyler Perry is going to hire you. That was the most happiest feeling I’ve felt in a long, long time besides the freedom,”said Hall.
He’s anxiously awaiting his first day in the landscaping department at Tyler Perry studios.