Angel Toro

21 years
Angel Toro was convicted in 1982 of murdering a Howard Johnson clerk during a holdup in Dorchester. Toro was convicted largely on eyewitness testimony. Two witnesses eventually admitted they had lied about how Toro, one of their acquaintances, had looked a couple of days after the crime. The witnesses told police that Toro was clean-shaven, when he actually had a beard. This was a key fact, because another witness testified that the shooter had no beard. In 2004, Toro’s appellate attorney, Stephen Hrones, won a new trial motion based on the fact that Boston police failed to turn over a report to Toro that listed another possible suspect who was wanted for a similar crime. The district attorney decided not to retry Toro.

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