KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ryan Fergson, a 29-year-old whose murder conviction was recently thrown out by a Missouri appeals court and who has become something of a media sensation, said Friday he plans to relocate from Missouri to Florida to start his new life.
"I'm going to be heading down to Florida and getting a job down there and just trying to enjoy life and figure out my place in it, so it's going to take a little bit of time and a lot of work but we're going to get there eventually," Ferguson told 41 Action News.
Ferguson was freed from a Missouri prison earlier this month after nearly a decade behind bars. The only two witnesses to the murder Ferguson was convicted of committing recanted their testimony - and Ferguson's attorneys convinced an appeals court to throw out the case.
On Friday, at a party with supporters at a Kansas City bar, Ferguson said his planned move was to be closer to family. He also described a few bumps in the road as he re-acclimated to life as a free man.
When asked what seems to have changed most over the years he spent incarcerated, Ferguson was candid.
"The absolutely most surprising thing is how similar it is. You expect more changes," he said. "The phones are certainly very unique... they seem imaginary."