LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The story of the West Memphis Three has captivated not only those close to the case -- but people across the nation.
It's been more than a week since Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley left behind their jail cells and took a step outside in the real world for the first time in eighteen years.
All three entered an Alford plea which means they pleaded guilty while still maintaining their innocence. The judge sentenced them to 18 years, the time they've already served. Now they will have 10 years probation which means if they commit any crime during the next 10 years, they could go back to prison.
Patrick Benca is one of Damien Echols' attorneys and has been by his side through the entire plea ordeal.
He spoke to THV's Melissa Dunbar-Gates for two segments on Today's THV This Morning Saturday about what went in to reaching a plea deal and what the future holds for the West Memphis 3 now.