- Behind The Scenes
Noxubee County resident Levon Brooks lost a prime 18 years of his life when he was wrongly convicted sentenced to life in prison for the 1990 murder of a 3-year-old girl.
Today, four years after he was freed Brooks is rebuilding his life, learning the lessons of forgiving and traveling the country promoting a project that's dear to his heart.
September 23rd, 1990 is a day former convict Levon Brooks will never forget.
Back then Brooks found it hard to believe he was being questioned in connection with the death of 3 year old Courtney Smith of Brooksville.
He also will remember the day he was freed, and later received a 500 thousand dollar judgement.
"And right now I'm happy. And I done put all that behind me. Because I told them all on national tv that I forgave everybody for, you know the tragedy that I went through," said Brooks.
These days you can find Brooks hunting, fishing, and operating his small poultry farm in Lowndes County.
"So I got a lot of baby chickens done came off. And I got turkeys, I got guineas, and plus I still got my dogs, my hunting dogs. So that's what keeps be busy every day now," said Brooks.
That and traveling around the country promoting a documentary film about his case and fellow Noxubee Countian Kennedy Brewer, who was wrongly convicted in a separate case.
He's also partnering with the Innocence Project, which worked to win his freedom.
"I went to Houston, Texas, and I went to Charlotte, North Carolina. I went to Kansas City, and I went back to Washington, D.C.," added Brooks.
New DNA evidence helped free Brooks and Brewer.
Justin Albert Johnson has since pleaded guilty to killing the two children and is serving life without parole.