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Man exonerated, released 38 years later leaves prison with puppy

(INSIDE EDITION) — A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing

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Free after 22 years: Man visits UIS to thank those who exonerated him – The State Journal

A 61-year-old man who spent more than 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit said he doesn’t see any reason to be angry.

“I’m overwhelmed. I don’t think being bitter is going to help me,” William “Bill” Amor said Friday during an interview at the University of Illinois Springfield, home of the Illinois Innocence Project.

Amor was convicted of arson and murder in connection with a Sept. 10, 1995, fire in Naperville that killed his mother-in-law. The fire occurred in an apartment that Amor and his wife shared with his wife’s mother.

Attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project say Amor gave a false confession after 15 hours of questioning.

Larry Golden, founding director of the Innocence Project, said that in the false confession, Amor said he poured vodka on newspapers and then used a cigarette to light the fire.

“At

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Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years, He Leaves Prison With a Puppy

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

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Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years …

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/23/malcolm-alexander-case-exonerated-and-released-after-38-years-he-leaves-prison-with-a-puppy/

Derry man gets 35 years in prison for producing child porn – Eagle

DERRY — A former Hardy Court resident was sentenced to 35 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision on Thursday after producing child pornography with two unsuspecting children he knew. 

Peter Morency, 34, was arrested in January 2017 after a 17-month-long investigation by law enforcement. Law enforcement became aware of Morency’s actions when reports were made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

AOL reported that someone had uploaded pornographic images of boys, while the other tipster reported that someone had downloaded more than a dozen images involving minors. Investigators traced the tips to Morency’s email address and his sister’s home in Manchester.  

During his arrest, Morency admitted he had a lot more images of child pornography on his personal computer and external drive than he was questioned about, calling them “very criminal,” according to a police affidavit. 

Investigators uncovered more than 5,000 still images and 2,000 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Approximately

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Man wrongfully incarcerated for 38 years leaves prison with puppy he raised

Alexander said she was “the runt” of a litter of 10. He chose her because he thought she was the one who most needed his love.

He recounts telling Inn back then that “one day we’ll be out of here. Just be patient.”

Between that promise and their release, Inn lived at Alexander’s work sites: the metal shop and woodshop. He fed her there, and looked after her.

“To have a dog is a privilege,” Alexander said. “It makes the world different.”

 Alexander with his family and Innocence Project legal team

Vanessa Potkin, the Innocence Project’s director of post-conviction litigation, told TODAY in an email that Alexander’s wrongful imprisonment can be traced, at least in part, to a system in which public defenders are responsible for too many cases, with too little support.

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Naperville Man Acquitted in Retrial 22 Years After Arson Murder Conviction

Bill Amor speaks with media after being acquitted in his retrial Wednesday. (Illinois Innocence Project / Facebook)

Advances in fire science and arson investigations first gave Bill Amor a shot at freedom a year ago. Now after 22 years behind bars, he’ll have a chance to start over with a clean slate.

A DuPage County judge on Wednesday found the 61-year-old Naperville man not guilty in a new trial held more than two decades after he was first convicted and sentenced to 45 years in the arson death of his mother-in-law.

“This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement Wednesday. “I have fought to clear my name for the last 22 years and I am so grateful that I was able to have my day in court for the truth to be heard. I am looking forward to starting the next phase of my

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Juneau man sentenced to 22 years for accessing child pornography

This past Friday, a Juneau man was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for accessing hundreds of photos of child pornography.

Jim Wayne Thornhill, 40, was sentenced to 262 months (21 years and 10 months) by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess, and Thornhill will be under supervision for the rest of his life after completing his prison sentence. In September 2017, a jury found Thornhill guilty of receipt of child pornography.

An investigation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that between Nov. 3, 2014 and Dec. 25, 2014, Thornhill had downloaded 581 images depicting child pornography onto his cellphone. Thornhill was a convicted sex offender, as he was found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in 2007. In that case, he was found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a child from the

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29 YEARS LATER: Prince George’s County police search for clues in death of 27-year-old back in 1989

– Nearly three decades after a young biologist was found beaten, raped and strangled to death in Prince George’s County, detectives continue to search for her killer.

The body of Cynthia Rodgers was found alongside a dirt path littered with trash in a wooded area of Forestville five days after she was last heard from in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday in 1989.

When homicide detectives first examined the body of the 27-year-old, they knew immediately a wicked killer was at work.

“It was a very brutal attack. She had multiple blunt force injuries about her upper body and head. She was strangled to death and there were indications she was sexually assaulted as well so it was a very vicious attack, extremely vicious,” cold case detective Bernie Nelson recalled.

Nelson said he believed Cynthia Rodgers was attacked shortly after she left her apartment, perhaps running into her

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