Wrongfully convicted man thanks judge who freed him

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Darryl Burton, left, talks to retired Cole County Judge Richard Callahan on Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2024, at the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum in Jefferson City. Burton hadn't seen Callahan since the judge overturned his wrongful conviction in 2008.
Ryan Pivoney/News Tribune photo: Darryl Burton, left, talks to retired Cole County Judge Richard Callahan on Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 2024, at the Missouri State Penitentiary Museum in Jefferson City. Burton hadn't seen Callahan since the judge overturned his wrongful conviction in 2008.

Darryl Burton was dreaming of the day he could once again meet Richard Callahan.

Callahan, a former Cole County judge, freed Burton from "hell on Earth" more than 15 years ago by overturning his wrongful conviction.