Exonerated on November 6, 2002
Jeffrey Scott Hornoff was a 27-year-old detective with the Warwick, Rhode Island Police Department until he was charged, tried and convicted in 1996 of first-degree murder.
In the summer of 1989, Victoria Cushman was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher and porcelain jewelry box. When questioned, Hornoff admitted to superiors that he knew Ms. Cushman. After requesting and passing a polygraph examination supporting his claim of innocence, certain members of his police department prodded the Attorney General to appoint the Rhode Island State Police to investigate Hornoff. While there was no physical evidence or any witness identification linking him to the murder, Hornoff went to trial years after Ms. Cushman’s murder, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
He served six years, four months and 18 days of a life sentence for another’s crime, and was freed on November 6, 2002, five days after Ms. Cushman’s boyfriend, Todd Barry, came forward and confessed to the crime.