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Wrongfully convicted NY father laments lost time

A father of five had his life ripped apart when he was wrongfully convicted of the brutal hammer attack against his wife that left her so injured she now has to live in a nursing home. The couple had five young children, ranging in age from just 1-9 years old, at the time of the attack in 1996.

New York State Troopers arrested the man and endlessly interrogated him for hours. The man was so mentally exhausted from the endless hours of questioning without sleep that he falsely confessed to the attack even though he was innocent. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. That coerced confession led to a conviction on charges of attempted murder.

While the innocent father was in prison, the wife’s family made her divorce the man, and the man only saw his children a handful of times until his release in Aug. 2005 when the real attacker confessed his guilt in the crime. Even though the man was freed after maintaining his innocence for years, being in prison and absent from his children’s lives exacted a high toll.

The man says that he is unable to trust anyone after he was so wronged by the justice system. Living in survival mode behind bars for so many years has hardened the man. For his wrongful imprisonment, the state is set to compensate the man $5.5 million, barring appeal.

He testified in that trial concerning his wrongful imprisonment, “I’m a very angry, depressed person. I don’t trust anybody. I don’t want to be around anybody. I don’t have a very good relationship with my kids. I mean, my whole life is a wreck.”

With the compensation that the man is set to receive, he plans on taking a vacation, building a new home and then using the rest to set up trust funds for his five children. He hopes that his grandchildren will never have to worry about college expenses.

However, the man says that he would trade every penny that the state of New York could give him in order to have the time back with his children, and still be the trusting man he once was. A strong defense is paramount to avoiding being wrongly convicted. Ultimately, no amount of money can make right what this man went through.

The criminal justice system can trap innocent and unknowing individuals. An attorney can ensure that an individual has their rights maintained and that an individual under suspicion is not coerced into a false confession.

Source: Syracuse.com, “Wrongly imprisoned nearly a decade, father plays catch-up with his five kids,” John O’Brien, May 12, 2013

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