Ryan Ferguson: 'I've Had My Whole 20s Taken from Me'

George Stephanopoulos talks to the newly freed man who spent nearly a decade in prison.
3:05 | 11/13/13

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That free man joins us now. Ryan ferguson, along with his father, bill. Thank you, both, for joining us this morning. Ryan, I love that photo. How did the steak taste? It tasted amazing. A steak after that long. Eni had an amazing person cooking it for me. And amazing steakhouse, in columbia. The best there is. Get that plug in. Bill, I was so touched by what ryan said about your ordeal. He said it was worse for you than it was for him. It's hard to believe. I would not want to trade places with him. I'm sure that's true. But, ryan, you said it was your father's advice that got you through this. Absolutely. There's so much that he's kind of guided me through in the past decade. My whole life, really. Anytime I needed him. Even on the phone, I could call him all day every day, if i needed to. And helped get through the first few years. You know, you need that support. You need amazing family. And fortunately, I definitely have that. Ryan, just to hear that phrase, the first few years. I think most of us can't even imagine what it must feel like to be spending time in prison for a murder you know in your heart you did not commit. Without having had an opportunity to reflect on it, i still don't know exactly how it really feels because I've just been trying to survive. And you try to make it from day-to-day. And that's it. That's what prison is all about. You just do anything that you can to make yourself bigger, stronger and faster. And survive. So, that's what I did for a decade. What are you going to do, going forward? I'm not certain. You know? I'm going to work hard. I know that. Do a lot of things with my father. We have a lot to work on together. I want to spend time with my family. I'm going to just remain optimistic. And see what happens. And if nothing comes down the road, I'm going to create my own opportunities. As you look forward, do you seek any kind of remedy in the courts? Or you just want to put it all behind you? I'm going to let the attorneys handle that. I'VE HAD MY WHOLE 20s TAKEN FROM Me. Right now, I'm focused on spending time with my family. I haven't really looked into those issues. Really, it's just about getting on with life and getting back to some normalcy. You've had the steak. You had the beer. What's next on your bucket list? I don't know. I need to just take care of the little things in life. Get an i.D. You know, get some clothes. I'm literally starting life with nothing, other than obviously an amazing family, which is everything. But I have no material possessions. I have no clothes, other than the ones I'm wearing, which are actually my father's. I just need to do the little things in life that people take for granted and get back on track. And keep moving forward. Good luck with all that, ryan, bill. Thanks very much. Thank you, george. Thank you.

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