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Innocent Man Opens Free Man’s Food Truck in Northeast OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – There’s a new food truck in town and a famous face is funding the venture.

Glynn Simmons, 71, enjoys international recognition as the man who served the longest prison sentence in history for a crime he did not commit.

GLYNN SIMMONS: “Today justice has finally been done”: Judge declares wrongfully imprisoned man innocent 48 years after his conviction

News 4 has reported on Simmons dozens of times since we began covering his case in depth in 2003.

Simmons spent 48 years, five months and 18 days in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Now he’s starting a new life in Oklahoma City.

Glynn Simmons Free Man's Food Truck. Photo KFOR.Glynn Simmons Free Man's Food Truck. Photo KFOR.

Glynn Simmons Free Man’s Food Truck. Photo KFOR.

Glynn Simmons Free Man's Food Truck. Photo KFOR.Glynn Simmons Free Man's Food Truck. Photo KFOR.

Glynn Simmons Free Man’s Food Truck. Photo KFOR.

“Today is a beautiful day. A day I have been waiting for for a very, very long time,” said Simmons.

Simmons is working with a friend from prison. Andre Armstrong served 31 years in state prison and now runs the mobile kitchen.

“I try to support him in any way I can,” Armstrong said. “Because we always look out for each other.”

Simmons’ new friends also help with the business plan.

Pastor Derrick Scobey of Ebenezer Baptist Church was also present at the grand opening, as were former Congressman JC Watts, Representative Jason Lowe and candidate for Oklahoma County Sheriff Wayland Cubit.

Free food truck for men.Free food truck for men.

Free food truck for men.

Its neighbors at Northeast 20th and Martin Luther King Boulevard, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, gave up some parking spaces for Simmons’ new venture, Free Man’s Food Truck.

“A food truck is really needed on the east side, more businesses means a better community,” said Father Lance Schmitz. “It was just a natural fit.”

For nearly fifty years, Simmons dreamed of a life of freedom. His prison dream was to own a small business and share his love of good food with his community.

One year ago, this innocent man walked out of the Oklahoma County Courthouse a free man, the same courthouse where he was sentenced to death in 1975.

“I came out of prison with absolutely nothing,” Simmons recalled. “No food. No clothing. No roof over my head. No transportation.”

Generous Oklahoma residents helped him get back on his feet.

“I don’t know what else to do but give back,” Simmons said. “After serving for 48 years, all I want to do now is help others.”

He keeps his word and serves free food from the food truck on this big opening day.

Free food truck image from Man's KFOR.Free food truck image from Man's KFOR.

Free food truck image from Man’s KFOR.

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“When you give something, it stays. That’s what’s been happening to me since I got out.”

For Simmons, every day above ground is a good day.

The Free Man Food Truck will be located near Northeast 20th and MLK daily for lunch and dinner.

Simmons recently learned that the state of Oklahoma is awarding him the maximum compensation for his wrongful conviction.

He is using part of the $175,000 settlement to finance the food truck.

DONATE: Glynn Simmons GoFundMe.

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