So who is Jonathan Irons, an O'Fallon man who served almost half of a 50-year prison sentence that was later overturned? According to testimony, Irons, now 40, said he was in the neighborhood the night of the assault carrying a.38-caliber gun - the female victim, who survived, was shot with a.25-caliber gun, according to ESPN.
Mr. Irons was tried as an adult, even though he was only 16 at the time of the alleged crime. That officer has since died, KSDK reported.
Moore - alongside Irons' family members - watched Jonathan walk free from the Jefferson City Correctional Center in an emotional moment captured on video and posted to Instagram.
Irons maintained his innocence.
Moore, who grew up in Jefferson City, made it her mission to free Irons from prison.
Ms. Moore met Mr. Irons in 2007 through a prison ministry, just before she began playing at the University of CT, where she became one of the most decorated players in women's college basketball history.
Irons was sentenced to 50 years after he was convicted on charges of assault and battery for a crime that took place when he was 16-years-old. But a judge threw out his convictions in March, citing a series of problems with the case, including a fingerprint report that had not been turned over to Irons' defense team, according to The New York Times. The judge threw out the conviction. An appeal by the Missouri attorney general's office was unsuccessful and the St. Charles County prosecutor's office decided not to retry the case.
Moore, a former UConn star and four-time WNBA champion with the Minnesota Lynx, was at the prison Wednesday when Irons was released.
"I feel like I can live life now", said Irons - who had served 22 years of his 50-year sentence. "I would not have this chance if not for her and her wonderful family". He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.