you're wrong. The prosecutor agreed to the deal because he knows how hard it is to get a conviction in a high profile case these days.if you "think" they are guilty then you are most likely a redneck bible thumping hillbilly with VERY (and i can't stress that word enough) little intelligence. They do not let child murderers out of prison. Especially with an Alfred plea so they can not be sued. Even the children's parents think the three are innocent. If you are a parent...think about how hard it would be to finally reach that conclusion after thinking for so long that they did do it...and the whole time wanting to kill these three men. It really boggles my mind how totally stupid half of the people are in this country...especially the south and Midwest.
The defense also played it safe because there's no guarantee that their "new evidence" would have been enough to get a new trial. That BS in WoM about the "Hobbs family secret" is nothing but hearsay and would never be allowed in court.
The hair in the ligature that might have matched Hobbs was all they had and they knew it. The state called their bluff and they had to come up with something that was a sure way out of jail. So three well funded child killers walk on a technicality. Nice.