After Exoneration, Bringing a ‘Fresh Take’ to the Bronx

In 1995, Eric Glisson and five others were arrested and charged with the murder of a livery cab driver in the Bronx. Glisson, who was 19 years old at the time, maintained his innocence from the beginning. Two years later he was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. While in prison, Glisson researched his case and found that the murder was likely linked to gang members. He wrote to the U.S. Attorney’s Office about what he had learned. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office reinvestigated the crime and in late 2012, Glisson was exonerated and released from Sing Sing Correctional Facility after serving more than 17 years.

Since his release, Glisson has earned a Bachelor of Science from Mercy College and opened up a juice bar located on Westchester Avenue in the East Bronx, after seeing that his neighborhood was dominated by fast food places. Glisson named the juice bar Fresh Take because after his time in prison, he says he now has a fresh take on life. Glisson’s daughter, who was two weeks old at the time of his arrest, is now an adult, and he says the most difficult thing about his time behind bars was not seeing his family regularly. Glisson resides in the Bronx with his girlfriend and their baby daughter who was born in April 2015.

He says he holds no resentment for what happened to him. “If I allow that anger and frustration to fester in me, it’s not going to hurt nobody but myself and the people around me,” says Glisson. “Sometimes you just have to leave things behind.”

Glisson tells Brooke Williams about the only relief he had in prison and his eventual exoneration, as well as what he plans on accomplishing before the year is over.

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