Bittersweet Return Home For Wilson Man After Serving Time For Murder

After spending seven years in a Georgia prison for murder, a man from the east has been released and is now back home.

John McNeil maintained his innocence, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and is back in Eastern North Carolina and talking about his ordeal.

McNeil and members of the NAACP held a press conference at Calvary United Holy Church in Wilson Wednesday, the last place McNeils late wife Anita spoke out on his behalf. She died nearly two weeks ago after a long battle with cancer.

The church was filled with McNeil's friends and family after he was released from a Georgia prison Tuesday after seven-years.

Authorities say in 2005 McNeil shot and killed former contractor Brian Epp outside of his Georgia home. After years of pleading self defense, McNeil decided to plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty-years. The judge granted him credit for time already served and allowed him to serve thirteen-years on probatioon back in his hometom of Wilson.

McNeil told us he is thankful to be a free man but says justice has not yet been served. As for his future plans, he says he is working to transition back into the community