Man released after 15 yrs in prison DNA test proof

@beckyomg1 (6759)
United States
February 4, 2007 6:01pm CST
Ok a few weeks ago i had this discussion.THe DA did let them exume the body of the deceased mand. The other man was finally released because they did do the dna test for the man that killed himself and it matched the dna found on evidence at the scene of the crime. THe man was released fifteen years to the day that he had been sent to jail. He always said that he was innocent throughout the years. This finally proved that he was innocent. I really feel bad that this man lost 15 yrs of his life for this. But he is finally out and now can hopefully enjoy even though he does have a liver disease that is i guess life threatening but maybe now he can be treated for it and be with his family. Sorry about the rambling.
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@mmonica (36)
• India
5 Feb 07
Injustice happens everywhere! There are so many innocents who die in prison. They never get justice. I would say, this guy is one of the lucky chaps to get out and be with his family. Just think about those people who couldn't succeed in getting justice till final!
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
thanks for the response.
• United States
5 Feb 07
That's so sad. It's horrible if they just turned him loose. They too so much of his life away for no reason! Maybe his own family even thought he did it, and the whole general public did, too. This poor man was humiliated, and imprisoned for 15 years? That's horrible. The legal system must be so flawed to let things like that happen. I do hope he was compensated and not just turned out like "Oh, sorry about those years of your life. Kthxbye."
@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
He has been fighting from day one on this he always said that he did not do it, he was in contact with the innocence program and it took all these years for someone to finally listen to him.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
5 Feb 07
You hear about this thing happening more and more since they've come up with the DNA testing. Thanks to the testing it has exonerated people who have been wrongly convicted for crimes they didn't commit in the first place. I feel so bad for people who have had this happen to them, but I'm glad that they finally got out if they truly didn't do the crime. What bothers me is that these people have lost years of their life that they will never get back, not to mention loss of wages from a job they couldn't work. I think they should be paid back from their lost wages that they would have earned had they not been falsely convicted. It also bothers me that the juries that convicted them will have no consequences for their actions, that doesn't seem quite right when you think about it. (PS...we love it when you ramble, lol!)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I thought that if you were wrongly convicted that the state you were convicted in HAS to give you so much money for every year that you spent in jail. I'm not sure what the exact amount is but I'm sure that they do pay you for all the years you missed. I apparently watch too much American Justice and FBI files.
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I was thinking the same thing about being reimbursted for all the wages lost. I know alot of people would not agree with this but hey he should be.
• United States
9 Feb 07
I feel for this man also. It should not take things like this to show our governent that they need to examine ALL possibilities tied to anything or anyone going to jail. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. In this guys case it was guilty till proven innocent. I suspect he will sue the state and live the rest of his life wealthy.
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
13 Feb 07
oh im sure that he probably sue, i dont know what i would do if i were in his shoes, it would all depend.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Does the state compensate him for his loss??? I know our justice system is not the best and it is getting better now with modern science. But these people that are found not guilty later due to the develop science...are they given anything to compensate? Who will hire him? What can he do in the outside world after loosing 15 years of his life? Could he have gone to college during that time and made something of himself had he not been in prison? And of this liver disease...who is giving him medical coverage? Who will pay for his treatment? Or does he have the right to claim disability and the government pays him. I would hate to loose 15 years of my life when I was innocent! How horrible to loose all that time with family!
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@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
yes so many questions need to be answered. i guess they also are saying on our local news that "hollywood" has already been in contact with him about his story. heres another funny well maybe not funny my sons exgirlfriend her uncle is the one that killed himself. and there is a letter out there i guess that states he did it and not the man that was just released. i dont know everything but that is what i have been told. it is just crazy.
• United States
6 Feb 07
How sad indeed. The scary part is that this man, after living for 15 years behind bars isn't acclimated to the real world anymore. Think of all that has happened and changed around you in just 15 years! Where I live there are whole new roads, developments, places demolished, etc. That's just the outter appearances. Times have changed and we've been able to change with them, slowly, while he is being tossed into a whole different world now. Just sad indeed.
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@manmaxman (850)
• India
5 Feb 07
dear these DNA type things i like but i dont have no much knowlage about them
@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
exactly was wondering the same thing.
• China
5 Feb 07
Oh, My God. Sorry for this innocent man who had lived 15 years in jail...But thanks to the Modern scientific technology-DNA test, so that he can be released in the end. But I think his life is badly affected and I even worry that can he be adapted to the society because he was sperated from the society for 15 years!
@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
it will be hard for him to get back into society which is also the sad part.
@archiee (322)
• India
5 Feb 07
yes !! its bad to hear this but this is the case where a man was imprisoned for 15 days.. and released after 15 days.. but did you hear this that in J.K there was a fake encounter..this means that people who are innocent are being killed in a fake encounter...families are losing their loved ones and the only supporter in the house.
@beckyomg1 (6759)
• United States
5 Feb 07
it was yrs not days and yes there are so many innocent out there wrongly accused.
@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Wow! This is unbelievable. Can you imagine losing 15 years of your life like this? You have to wonder what kind of life he will be returning to now. I would say that he should be able to sue for compensation from the state, but that may not be fair, either, since he was convicted based on evidence and using the technology that was available at that time. The sophistication of the DNA testing was not present back then. I still think that he should get something... At least he has his family, and I'm sure he'll get the medical care he needs.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
5 Feb 07
While I'm very happy that this man has finally been proved innocent, the statement this case makes about the workings of our legal system is pathetic. They not only arrested the wrong man, but they also found him guilty using whatever evidence they had. He gave up everything he had in life. And then the real killer was free on the streets, at least for this crime. I think there's so much pressure on law enforcement to find a killer that they tend to push cases through on anyone they can without really proving anything. I'm glad we have DNA now, because it is starting to right some of the injustices. I've always tried to imagine the hopelessness a man must feel when he's locked away for a crime he didn't commit.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Yes, it is too bad. I feel sorry for him and also for the jury that now must hold themselves responsible for sending an innocent man to prison. But the man has a second chance on life and many years to think about how to make what's left of his life count.
• India
5 Feb 07
prison - Lady in a prison
It is so hard to hear. His life is going to be miserable in the future. I wish his life should be good in his feature.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I remember your first discussion on this and it is very sad that they just released him. I think that they should have to pay him some kind of money for spending all of that time in there. I mean he has lost so much that can never be replaced and the whole time he was telling them that he was innocent. I think that they should also be responsible for making sure that he does get the medical attention for his liver disease at their expense not his.
@tohot666 (300)
• United States
5 Feb 07
the justice system is really flawed. Although I have to wonder how they tied this man into the crime. Was it his life style, his previous criminal background? Not that that makes a difference, but when the police look at possible suspects, obviously the bad apples will gt looked at more, so the life style in which he was living might have been the reason he was targeted.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
5 Feb 07
That is good that he got released even if after 15 years. I know it is horrable, and I wish they had DNA testing back then. but at least they are getting cought up with it all and some people are getting their lives back.
@lenith (1222)
• India
5 Feb 07
man its only one story u came to know but there are many cases like this about which we never come to know. it happenes all the time ..innocent has to pay for real criminals. Our judicial system is not efficient to avoid this type of things. technology is coming which r making it more accurate and efficient towards realism. we can hope for better.
• India
5 Feb 07
OKIE..ITS GOOD U HAVE POSTED THIS DISCUSSION HERE....BUT THEN WHT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO WRITE HERE.........? I AM HAPY HE IS OUT AND NOW HE IS WITH HIS FAMILY.....BUT THEN WHTS NEXT..? HE MAY EVEN GET COMPENSATION FROM LAW..BUT THEN WHT..? WHT ABT HIS 15 YRS HE LOST..? I WANT THE LAW TO ANSWER THIS....AND WHT U( BECKYOMG1) WANT TO ASK US....?
@maikeeho (196)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
This is not rreally fair..its not right really. Until its proven guilty they should just be in house arrest or can still go on woth their lives. 15 years in prison just like serving your term if proven guilty. I just hope he will be paid somehting thats worth 15 years.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Sure, he may be out now, but there will forever be a stigma against him. When he applies for work, he will have to disclose that he has been convicted of a felony. How many women out there fo you know that want to be with an ex-con who was convicted of murder? Even knowing they were released and it was found they had not done it, most women won't listen to that part and will only focus on the conviction. And if he is into men...same thing.