Inmate Freed After His Golf-Course Sketches Lead Golf Digest to Help

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Talk about a "stroke" of luck! A man who spent 27 years in an upstate New York prison for a murder he didn't commit walked out of court a free man on Wednesday after the golf-course drawings he sketched behind bars caught the attention of Golf Digest--which investigated his sketchy conviction and ultimately helped get it overturned. "It took about a hundred drawings before Golf Digest noticed, but when we did, we also noticed his conviction seemed flimsy," Golf Digest editorial director Max Adler wrote Wednesday about 48-year-old Valentino Dixon. "So we investigated the case and raised the question of his innocence." The New York Post adds that Dixon--who's never played golf--started drawing courses when a warden gave him a photo of the 12th hole at Augusta National golf course. Meanwhile, Adler wrote Wednesday alongside an Instagram pic of him and Dixon, "Twenty-seven years ago, this man was wrongly convicted for murder. Six years ago, he wrote me a letter from Attica. Today he was exonerated and walked free. What a journey...Valentino Dixon is 48 and still has good years ahead. No mulligan has ever been more deserved."

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