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World Two men exonerated after being wrongly jailed for rape

03:30  08 may  2018
03:30  08 may  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Two men have finally reached the end of a long road to proving their innocence. In 1991, 19-year-old Gregory Counts and 21-year-old VanDyke Perry were

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Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry, who were 19 and 21 when they were charged, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court for an emotional proceeding that brought them the vindication they had been seeking for decades.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. personally recommended their verdicts be tossed after DNA testing results showed they were not connected to the crime.

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“These men were convicted of kidnapping, rape and sodomy, because of testimony of a complainant who recanted her testimony just two weeks ago,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. told Dwyer, as he asked the judge to “right an injustice.” “She admitted she fabricated her account

Two men wrongfully imprisoned for a kidnapping and rape they didn’t commit were exonerated Monday in state Supreme Court in New York City. Cumulatively, the men had served decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. VanDyke Perry and Gregory Counts were just 19 and 21 years old

Then last month, the accuser admitted it was all a lie, the borough’s top prosecutor said.

“These two men were convicted of kidnapping, rape and sodomy because of the testimony of a complainant who recanted her accusations just two weeks ago,” Vance said.

Justice Mark Dwyer formally dismissed the case and wished the pair luck in front of a packed courtroom.

Counts, who served 27 years and was released on parole in August, used the public platform to caution that there were many innocent men like him still toiling away in prison.

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After 26 years, two men have been exonerated of a gang- rape that the alleged victim now admits never happened. The 1992 convictions of VanDyke Perry Perry was 21 and Counts 19 at the time of their arrests in 1991. Perry was released in 2001 after 11 years in prison and Counts was released in

"Y'all had the wrong man this whole time and you have (someone) out there running free and y'all had no right Man wrongly jailed for murder as teen in 1991 is exonerated - Продолжительность: 2 :21 PIX11 Man freed after 29 years in prison for rape he didn't commit - Продолжительность: 4:55

"I know it, because I'm a victim. I know there's guys out there that are sitting there for a murder they didn't do," he said before the dismissal.

VanDyke Perry (l.) and Gregory Counts (r.) in Manhattan Supreme Court after Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. moved to vacate their 1991 rape convictions on May 7, 2018.© Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News VanDyke Perry (l.) and Gregory Counts (r.) in Manhattan Supreme Court after Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. moved to vacate their 1991 rape convictions on May 7, 2018. He pleaded with the DA to look at other innocence claims.

"I just appreciate how they collaborated together to make sure to do the right thing and I just hope they continue doing the right thing."

Counts added it is "beyond words" what he went through.

"This kept going on, going on. It was a like a locomotive train," he said.

Perry, who served 12 years, was slapped with a probation sentence for refusing to register as a sex offender when he got out of prison.

"I didn't want to register for something I didn't do,” he said.

"This wrongful conviction destroyed my life.”

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