West Memphis Three supporters at Jonesboro, Arkansas courthouse on August 19, 2011

The West Memphis Three, who were convicted as teens of killing three eight-year-old boys and who spent 18 years in prison -- while fans of the 'Paradise Lost' series of documentaries about their case pushed for their release -- are free today.

According to the Arkansas Times, a hastily-arranged hearing at a Jonesboro, Ark. courthouse led to a plea deal that secured the release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. while upholding the guilty verdicts against them. Celebrity supporters were on hand, including Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, and 'Paradise Lost' filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, who had rushed to the scene to film a new conclusion to their trilogy.