Anthony Powell

12 years
In 1992, Anthony Powell was convicted of the kidnapping and rape of a teenage girl and was sentenced to a 12- to 20-year prison sentence. The victim was kidnapped at knifepoint as she waited for a bus. The assailant raped her in a wooded area and then demanded that she come to a nearby skating rink the following night with $100. The next night, the police staked out the skating rink and picked up Powell, who was then positively identified by the young woman and charged with the crime. DNA testing of semen found in the rape victim excluded Powell as the attacker, and in March 2004, after serving 12 years of his sentence, Mr. Powell was exonerated. In July 2008, a 35-year old ex-inmate was arrested and charged with committing the crime for which Anthony Powell had served 12 years. Police linked the man to that crime, and three other unsolved rapes.

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