Please note New Date for February’s Luncheon
Friday, February 27
On Nov. 1, 2001, Kent Heitholt, sports editor for the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune, was murdered in the newspaper’s parking lot around 2:10 am.
Two years later, a young man named Charles Erickson began publicly sharing recurring dreams that he and his former Rock Bridge High School classmate Ryan Ferguson were involved.
The result: 19-year-old Ryan Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison based almost exclusively on eye witness accounts from teenage dreamer Erickson and Tribune janitor Jerry Trump.
In April of 2012, Trump and Erickson faced possible perjury charges and finally admitted they had lied at Ferguson’s original trial.
Ferguson’s conviction was vacated by the State of Missouri on Nov. 5, 2013, on the basis that the prosecution withheld evidence from the defense team. He was released Nov. 13, 2013, after spending almost a decade in prison.
Ferguson’s ordeal has been covered by numerous national media including “48 Hours,” “Dateline,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “TODAY” and “Good Morning America” to name a few.
His first book, “Stronger, Faster, Smarter,” hit bookstores in January 2015 and highlights his self-awareness, healthy living and fitness evolution.
An untitled documentary, produced by filmmaker Andrew Jenks, is also set for release this year.
An author, fitness expert, speaker and advocate for the wrongfully convicted, Ferguson is equally passionate about the importance of establishing greater accountability in the judicial system.
Ferguson is a resident of Fort Myers.
The event will take place on Friday, Feb. 27 from 11:30 – 1:30 at the Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail North in Naples.
Primary: Bronzed Breast of Chicken and Tomato Basil Bisque
Alternate: Gluten Free or Vegetarian Entree (Chef’s Choice) upon request
Dessert: Red Velvet Cake
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Advance reservations are required.
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