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This combination of photos made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections shows a younger Giovanni Reed and in March 2016. At 16, Reid accepted a neighbor's invitation to an International House of Pancakes restaurant as thanks for watching the man's infant son. By sunrise, the outing in south Philadelphia had veered to robbery, then murder. "I had never seen somebody get shot like that right in front of me," Reid, now 42, said in a telephone interview from prison. "It was a very scary thing to be a part of." Nearly 26 years later, Reid — who has long denied a direct role in the crime, but faults himself for hanging out with an older, fast-running crowd — will soon get the chance to start over. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)

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ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in July 2017 shows Kempis Songster. He was a 15-year-old runaway when he joined another teen in the 1987 Philadelphia drug house stabbing of 17-year-old Anjo Pryce, a fellow gang member. At trial, Songster turned down a prosecutor's offer that would have likely seen him do eight to 10 years in prison. "I think they were the youngest guys I ever prosecuted for murder. You walk in there and see that they're children and you say, 'Wait a minute,'" says Jack McMahon, who offered the long-ago plea deal and chalks up Songster's refusal to youthful bravado. Now a defense attorney, McMahon had offered to testify for him. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections via AP)

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Inmate Jose A. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz, is seen here May 28, 2010, in a photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. (Associated Press/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

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Inmate Jose A. Ramos, the man who was long the prime suspect in a landmark case of missing New York City boy Etan Patz, is seen here May 28, 2010, in a photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. (Associated Press/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

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**FILE** This undated Pennsylvania Department of Corrections photo shows Terrance Williams, who was convicted of fatally beating Amos Norwood in 1984. (Associated Press/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)

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**FILE** This undated Pennsylvania Department of Corrections photo shows Terrance Williams, who was convicted of fatally beating Amos Norwood in 1984. (Associated Press/Pennsylvania Department of Corrections)