Briton to go free after 27 years in jail for murder | Lifestyle | Reuters That is a long time to be convicted of a crime you did not do! I heard on the radio today that had he pleaded guilty instead of protesting his innocence, he would of most likely been eligible for parole and possibly would of been released sooner. This is one of the reasons why capital punishment is too much of a final punishment/solution when such miscarriages of justice exist. How do you repay someone for 27 years of their life? can you?