"I just have to remind myself that I can get up and go outside tomorrow," Philen says. "I can see a sunset."
Philen was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the murder of his brother. A murder he says he didn't commit but witnessed.
"He was brutally murdered. I was there when it happened," Philen explained. "I told everyone what happened and no one believed me. I was shocked but that was just the beginning."
Philen maintained his innocence all along, even refusing plea bargains from the prosecution.
"I refused from the time I got there to the trial to accept any plea bargain," said Philen. "I was telling the truth."
Now more than anything he says he wants justice for his brother.
"My brother was a good man, a hard-working man," said Philen. "He paid for his home. He went to work everyday, was well-liked. He wouldn't hurt anyone and he didn't deserve to die like that. No one does."
Philen was in jail when his brother was buried. He says another thing he wants to do now that he's out of prison is visit his grave.