Could 16 () — A New York man wrongfully jailed for the homicide of an off-duty correction officer in New York as a baby has been exonerated.
John Bunn, 41, served 17 years in jail after being convicted of the homicide on the age of 14 in August 1991 primarily based on tainted proof produced by former detective Louis Scarcella.
“It has been 27 years, I have been combating for my life and I have been combating for my innocence,” Bunn mentioned.
He was freed on parole in 2009 and gained the proper to a brand new trial in 2016, however he was finally exonerated after prosecutors mentioned they would not retry his case.
“I did not deserve any of that stuff that you simply all did to me,” Bunn mentioned. “They will not admit and say that I am an harmless man. However I am an harmless man, your honor, and I’ve all the time been an harmless man. You all convicted and had a mistaken man in jail, and also you all nonetheless have someone on the unfastened that killed somebody.”
Brooklyn Supreme Court docket Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson mentioned Bunn should not have been imprisoned and questioned the authorized course of resulting in his conviction
“This case was tried … a jury was picked, testimony was given and it concluded all in sooner or later,” Simpson mentioned. “I do not take into account that justice in any respect.”
Bunn and Rosean Hargrave, then 16, had been convicted within the capturing of Rikers Island correction officers Rolando Neischer and Robert Crosson.
They had been positioned in a photograph array created by Scarcella for Crosson, who survived the capturing and recognized Bunn and Hargrave because the suspects. Crosson additionally served because the lone witness within the trial.
Simpson informed Bunn to “transfer ahead” after the exoneration. Within the years since his parole, Bunn began a non-profit literacy group referred to as A Voice four The Unheard and has collected greater than 20,000 books for New York inmates.
“I do not understand how I made it this far, however I imagine I’m right here for a function,” Bunn mentioned.
Hargrove’s conviction was additionally thrown out and his case will not be retried.