Exonerees

New England Exonerees have served a combined 515 years for crimes they did not commit. If for some reason you have trouble viewing the link, click HERE. *On February 17, 2012, Massachusetts became the 49th state to enact a DNA Access Law.

Charles Wilhite

2 years

In December 2010, Charles Wilhite, along with Angel Hernandez, was convicted of the murder of Alberto Rodriguez outside a market in Springfield, Mass. Wilhite was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez, the market’s owner, hired …

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John Grega

18 Years

Right: John Grega with his family immediately following his release.

On Wednesday, August 22, John Grega was released from prison, after serving 18 years in prison for a crime he has always maintained that he did not commit. Gretchen Bennett, NEIP’s Executive Director, …

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Peter Vaughn

3.5 years
Peter Vaughn was convicted in 1983 for serving as a lookout in an armed robbery at a Star Market in the Fenway area. During his trial he was clearly agitated, a factor which may have convinced the jury of his guilt. Two months after the initial armed robbery, the same grocery store was robbed …

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Christopher Harding

7 years
In August, 1989, two men shot and wounded Deron Jones in the Mission Hill housing project in Boston, and then fired on pursuing police officers. One shooter, Dwayne Owens, surrendered at the scene, while the second man ran into a nearby building. Police Officer Terence O’Neil entered the building and found Christopher Harding sitting …

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George Reissfelder

15 years
In 1966, William Sullivan and another man robbed a Railway Express payroll office in Boston. Sullivan fatally shot a guard and was arrested immediately and the other man escaped. Three other employees later identified George Reissfelder as the shooter’s accomplice. When arrested, he was carrying a revolver like the gun carried by the second …

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Lawyer Johnson

10 years
In December, 1971, a man was shot and killed in Roxbury. A known addict, Kenny Myers, was found at the scene. Shown a photo array, he initially identified a man as the shooter who turned out to be in jail. He then told police …

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Lawrence J. Miller

16 years
In August 1981, two teenagers were assaulted behind a church in Danbury, Connecticut. The perpetrator was dressed as a policeman, and wore a bandanna over his face. During the attack, the bandanna slid down and allowed the victims to briefly see part of his face.

One of the victims identified Lawrence J. Miller as her …

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Kenneth Ireland

21 years
In 1986, 30-year old Barbara Pelkey was killed in the factory where she worked. Nearly three years later, Kenneth Ireland was charged with the crime. Two informants told police that Ireland and two other men confessed to them. Over a year later, another witness came forward saying Ireland confessed to her. She also said …

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Ricky Hammond

2 years
In 1990, Ricky Hammond was convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault in Hartford, Connecticut. DNA analysis of the blood at the scene of the crime excluded Hammond. However, the prosecution built their case around the victim’s identification of Hammond. Also, a hair found in the victim’s car was “consistent” with Hammond. In 1992, the …

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Guy Randolph

10 years
A nine-year-old girl was molested while she played near a snow bank in Roslindale, MA in 1990. Later that day, while walking near the scene of the crime, Guy Randolph was arrested and charged. At that time he, was homeless and struggling with alcoholism. The victim did not identify Randolph at first, but after …

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