Young & Restless’ Michelle Stafford Shares Her Interaction With a Remarkable Fan: ‘He Spent 24 Years in Prison for a Crime He *Did Not* Commit’

ToHe said that he made aIt would be an understatement to say that the actress left a lasting impression.

HeavenKnow Michelle StaffordHas met aMany fans over the years. ButAt the L.A. Kings game last week, she encountered one that she isn’t likely to ever forget: John Klene.

“He whispered to me before the third period, ‘Hey, I’m a big fan! I’ve been watching you for years. I watched you. in prison,’” she said via Instagram. “Of course I couldn’t let that go. I wanted to hear his story. He told me.”

ItWas a doozy. “LastHe was released from prison in year after being wrongly convicted for murder. He spent 24Years inPrison for a crime he Did not commit,” the Young & Restless star shared. “HisStory is aAmazing story of persistence, herculean strength and humility. ThisThe muddy confines of our flawed judicial system have been removed from man’s path to freedom.

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“IfFollow him to hear his story [via the post above] and click on the link and read,” she added. “His story is phenomenal.”

Klene’s support system impressed Stafford, too. “HisFriends were there with him last night, too. They never gave up on him,” noted Phyllis’ portrayer. “Damn… that’s friendship.”

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AsIt is amazing Klene’s perspective now that he’s at last free again. “ThisMan is a warrior. He wasn’t bitter, he wasn’t upset, he was filled with joy and so grateful to be sitting there at an L.A. Kings game and living again,” she said. “Just an amazing man.”

TheInteraction affected Stafford inThere is another way. ItShe was astonished to see how happy she was just to be able get out and about again. “I’m truly so grateful to be among people again,” she said. “ItHas been aDue to the strict protocols at work, I spent a lot of time locked myself in my room for several years. I’m so happy to be outside with people.

“I am so grateful to have met John,” she went on. “I’m really honored that I was part of his life — even through television — forIt was that time. A remarkable man with a remarkable story.”

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