Two Clinton women exonerated from 200 charges
CLINTON - The lives of two women in Clinton are seeing some normalcy after 6 months of what they call a "living hell."
Alice Kent and Carol Shirley were exonerated from more than 200 counts of money laundering, racketeering and malfeasance. They were accused of spending more than $65,000 of non-profit monies for personal use.
"Personally it was a devastating thing," said Alice Kent. "It was a huge emotional impact on me."
"You get to the point where you can't even go to the grocery store because you're embarrassed about the things said about you," said Carol Shirley.
Friends and family gathered with food and comfort as soon as their nightmare ended. A grand jury looked at all the facts and cleared their names.
"You can barely sleep," said Kent. "You feel like a thief until your exonerated. It's been horrible."
All the support from loved ones helps. But Kent and Shirly say this sour experience is going to be difficult to erase.
"We were taught that integrity was everything... and they took that," said Shirley. "They stole it from us."
What they do have tonight is freedom and justice.