Justice for Anthony Powell

July 29th, 2011

Yesterday afternoon Jerry Dixon pled guilty to three rapes, including a brutal Roxbury rape for which Anthony Powell was wrongly convicted. Powell was 12 years into his 20-year sentence when he was exonerated with help from the New England Innocence Project. Powell was present during yesterdayโ€™s plea hearing at Suffolk Superior Court but declined to talk to reporters. In an earlier statement given to the Boston Globe on July 20, Powell explained, โ€œIf you think that an innocent person cannot be convicted of a crime in Massachusetts, you are fooling yourself. It happened to me. There are innocent people in prison in Massachusetts right now.โ€ Dixon was sentenced to10 years and one day for each of the three rape counts, totaling 30 years in prison.

Read the Boston Globe article here.