Anthony Powell

12 years
In 1992, Anthony Powell was convicted on kidnapping and rape charges involving 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. Powell maintained his innocence throughout his imprisonment, but it was not until the Committee for Public Counsel Services appointed attorneys Julie Boyden and Steven Hrones to his case that the attorneys, working with NEIP, were able to obtain DNA testing of semen found in the rape victim. The DNA tests 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, through a search of an FBI database of unsolved rapes and a match to DNA from mandatory testing.

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