June 24th, 2011
After spending more than three years in federal prison in connection with a 2001 Taunton fire, NEIP exoneree James Hebshie was officially cleared of all charges on Monday. Hebshie was convicted of intentionally starting a fire that destroyed the building where his news store was located. The prosecution alleged that he had set the fire to collect insurance money on the building. Since his release in November of 2010, Hebshie has been awaiting the government’s decision as to whether they would appeal or re-try the case. On Monday the U.S. Attorney General’s office in Boston filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against Hebshie effectively ending the legal case against him.
Read the story of NEIP exoneree Jimmy Hebshie wrongfully convicted of arson based on police use of a sniffer dog.