Transcript for Innocent Woman Reunited With Family After 17 Years in Prison
Now to the incredible story from the partners at Yahoo! About a mother of three released from prison after 17 years for a murder she didn't commit. She's now sharing her story. Gio Benitez is here with this story. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. It's incredible. Think about that. She spent nearly two decades locked up. Her three children growing up without her. She's surprised by things we take for granted, like cell phones. And now she sits down with Katie couric for this exclusive interview. The 54-year-old mother and grandmother once sentenced to life in prison now a free woman. Spending 17 years behind bars for a murder a judge says she never committed. It's like I'm in a dream world. I'm going wake up and it's going to be a dream. Reporter: The exonerated Susan Mellen sitting down with Katie couric. What was life like for you in prison? It was frightening. So many times ifls scared. Reporter: A California judge setting her free Friday. The judgment is overturned. Case dismissed. What were you most excited about doing once released ? When they handed me my grandson? That was -- that was just so overwhelming and excited just to hold him and just to know that I was totally free. But seeing the kids and holds them. Reporter: In 1997, Mellen was accused of killing a former boyfriend. A man was murlded. I didn't murder him. Believe me, I wouldn't do that. Reporter: She had been arrested at a McDonald's taking her daughter to buy a happy meal. 17 years later, Jessica getting the happy meal that never came. I wanted to have a cake for each of them for all the birthdays. 17 years worth of presents. Okay. Reporter: Perhaps the first present, mom being back. She says the idea of freedom really hit her when she was able to take a shower alone. Closing that door behind her. You can see Katie's full interview with Susan Mellen this morning on yahoo!.com. Checking that out. Thank you. And time for the weather. Did you bring us more pictures
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