ATLANTA – Two more young men have been freed after serving time in jail for a case involving a 17-year-old who had consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Ryan D. Barnwell and Cortez Robinson, both 22, were released from prison Friday morning after spending 3 1/2 years behind bars. The two pleaded guilty to child molestation after attending a 2003 New Year's Eve party with Genarlow Wilson, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having oral sex with the girl.
Wilson, now 21, was freed Oct. 26 after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that that his sentence was "cruel and unusual punishment." Georgia law at the time of his trial required a minimum of a decade in prison.
The case prompted lawmakers to change state law to make such cases a misdemeanor when they involve teenagers close in age.
With the release of Barnwell and Robinson, all but one of the young men involved in the case have been released from jail. Frankie J. Henry, 21, remains in jail on an additional charge.