Maya Moore Makes an Impact, but Beyond the Court

Keyshawn Jones, Editor

Maya Moore made a sacrifice that many people would not even consider. She stopped doing what she loved, which is playing the game of basketball to help an inmate named Jonathan Irons who was 16 at the time was wrongfully convicted of burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He then ended up being sentenced to 50 years in prison for the alleged crime. He has been incarcerated for 23 years with no witnesses, no blood evidence, fingerprints, or DNA that connected Irons to the crime when he was convicted. When Irons was brought in for questioning, Irons was under no supervision of an adult and was recorded with one single officer. Also, the officer failed to record the conversation so that also brings speculation that Irons’ words may have been manipulated and coerced. Irons went on to being tried as an adult and was also found guilty by an all white jury. Furthermore, fingerprints were found inside the door of the crime scene that did not belong to Irons or the victims. That is only showing that there was someone else at the crime scene, who was NOT Irons. On Monday, March 9th, 2020 Jonathan Irons’ conviction was overturned by the state judge of Missouri.