A Year to Remember in False Here are my greatest hits: January begins tragically as two exonerated false confessors from New York die — Sharrif Wilson, aged 38, and Daniel Gristwood, aged Wilson spent 21 years and Gristwood spent 9 years in prison before being released.
Wilson was a healthy year-old when arrested but left prison an obese man with severe respiratory problems. He died less than a year after his release. Gristwood died of lung cancer only four months after being compensated for his wrongful conviction.
But new evidence — the confession of convicted killer and former Albany resident Jeffrey Conrad — prompts the DA to reopen their cases. The men remain behind bars. Teina Pora, a New Zealander who falsely confessed to a rape and murder when he was just 17 and spent 20 years in prison, is exonerated.
April Tom Sawyer was never convicted of the murder of his neighbor in Tampa, Fla. But the fact that he had confessed left him with the stigma of someone who was guilty but had been released on a technicality a judge suppressed his confession. That stigma was lifted when Stephen Lamont , whose DNA linked him to the crime, pleaded guilty to the murder.
Sanford was only 14 years old when he confessed to and later pleaded guilty to a quadruple murder at a drug house in Detroit in Sanford has languished in prison despite the fact that a hit man , Vincent Smothers, who confessed and pled guilty to at least eight murders, also took responsibility for the four drug house murders.
May Jason Strong, of Waukegan, Ill. June A California appellate court tosses out a confession of Elias V. Andersen, only 19 years old when he confessed, served 27 years in prison before being paroled. He is officially exonerated in August, is removed from the sex offender registry, and receives a certificate of innocence in December.
Williams, the youngest, was only 16 years old when he confessed after being threatened with the death penalty. Williams, Isbell and Mills were later officially exonerated in a case that had five guilty pleas and four false confessions to a murder that was linked by DNA and a confession to another group of men.
Those men remain uncharged. Fowler was barely 18 when he falsely confessed to a murder in Brooklyn. September Bobby Johnson, who at age 16 falsely confessed and then entered a false guilty plea to a murder, is exonerated by a Connecticut court after he had served 9 years in prison. His co-defendant, year-old Kwame Wells-Jordan, also had falsely confessed but had been acquitted. Trevon Yates, a year-old from East St. In Death on the Hudson , 48 Hours asks whether Angelika Graswald falsely confessed to murdering her husband or whether her husband accidentally died when he fell out of his kayak into the cold water of the Hudson River without a life jacket and drowned?
October Richard Lapointe is officially exonerated as the State decides not to retry him. Johnny Hincapie, who as an year-old in confessed to participating in the murder of a tourist in New York, is granted a new trial.
A Japanese High Court in Osaka grants a retrial to Keiko Aoki, 51, and Tatsuhiro Boku, 49, finding that their arson-murder rests on an unreliable confession. Montana Governor Steve Bullock grants clemency to Barry Beach, who has always insisted that a Louisiana detective , linked to numerous questionable convictions, pressured him into confessing to a murder he did not commit.
Donovan Allen, who falsely confessed to the murder of his mother in at the age of 18, is exonerated by DNA evidence. Allen becomes the th person to be exonerated by DNA evidence. New trial is sought for Lamarr Monson, a Detroit man convicted of the murder of a year-old girl, after a bloody fingerprint found on the murder weapon — a porcelain toilet tank lid — is linked to another man.
Netflix releases Making a Murderer , a ten-part documentary chronicling the convictions of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for the murder of a Wisconsin woman.