Exonerated on May 10, 2000
On December 19th, 1990, Neil Miller was convicted of aggravated rape while armed and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony in Boston, Massachusetts. Miller’s conviction rested almost entirely on the eyewitness testimony of the victim, who had failed to identify her attacker from photographs. She gave the police a composite drawing, which was later seen by a police officer who said it reminded him of Miller.
The victim was shown Miller’s photo, which was taken after he had been convicted of a non-sexual crime, and picked it out of a mug book. At trial, a scientist from the Boston Police Crime Laboratory testified that Miller could not be eliminated as the source of semen stains that were found on the victim’s bedding, but it may not have come from him.
Almost ten years later, additional and more sophisticated testing was performed on the samples and the test results definitively excluded Neil Miller as the source of the sperm found. In May 2000, Neil Miller was exonerated after spending 10 years in prison. In March 2006 the city of Boston agreed to pay Neil Miller $3.2 million to settle the wrongful conviction suit he filed in 2003.