- 1 hr 43 min
Kenny Waters is blamed for a woman being murdered in 1980. Hilary Swank plays Betty Anne, his sister. She feels responsible for him, and does her best to look out for him. New testimony is brought forward in the murder case two years later. Witnesses and circumstantial evidence convict Kenny of first degree murder, with a life sentence without parole. Betty Anne has not heard from Kenny, and he usually calls her weekly. She finds out that Kenny has attempted suicide. Betty Anne wants to become a lawyer to prove his innocence. Her husband wants no part of it, and they separate. Betty Anne is determined, and works while attending law school. Flashbacks reveal that the siblings had a horrible childhood. The children were allowed to survive on their own by a loose and hateful mother. With everything against her, Betty Anne almost gives up. Minnie Driver plays a school friend, who pushes her to get back to class. A study group reveals new DNA testing that is used in breaking criminal cases. Betty Anne believes this could solve the crime, and free her brother. The case looks bleak, and walls are thrown up with every turn she takes. Eventually Betty Anne, and Abra (Minnie Driver) are able to find the evidence they are looking for. After the team discovers fraud in other cases, they are able to prove that Kenny's blood doesn't match the blood found at the crime scene. The District Attorney is no help in the situation. Not wanting to admit a mistake, they say Kenny was still an accomplice. Through more research, and help from others involved in the case, Kenny is freed after serving eighteen years in jail. In the end it is stated by an epilogue that Betty Anne was able to obtain a civil settlement for the wrongful conviction of her brother. The statue of limitations prevented the former Sergeant from any charges, and the murder has yet to be solved.