27 Years After This Man Was Locked Up For Murder, His Pictures Of Golf Courses Led To His Freedom

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In a prison cell in upstate New York, Valentino Dixon spends hours creating beautiful works of art. Depictions of golf courses drawn in colored pencil, they earn him a place in the pages of an international magazine. But little does Valentino know the role that these pictures will go on to play – and how they will earn him his freedom once and for all.

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Raised in a troubled area of Buffalo, New York, Dixon was interested in drawing from a young age. And after initially disciplining him for his unconventional approach, his family soon began to recognize his emerging talent. Eventually, he graduated from a high school that specialized in performing arts.

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Despite his surroundings, Dixon had managed to live a relatively trouble-free youth. However, all that changed when he left high school and began a relationship with a girl. Apparently, her brothers were involved in dealing drugs, and Dixon soon began following the same path.

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