Man exonerated after 27 years for a crime he never did, KISSES judge hands emotionally
He spent 27 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, wept in the court when he was exonerated after all those years.
John Bunn, 41, was convicted of second degree murder of an off-duty correction officer in Heights, Brooklyn when he was merely 14-years-old.
Back in 2009, he was released on parole but has been fighting for nearly 10 years to get his name cleared from the charges of the crime he never committed.
He was co-accused of taking life of Ronaldo Neischer, the other teenager who was convicted with Bunn is named Rosean Hargrave. Both of them were alleged to force the officer Neischer along with partner Robert Crosson out of the car. They did so by shooting at them and stealing their car, Crosson got out of the shooting alive.
The conviction of the 41-years-old was thrown out in 2016 after evidence showed the lead detective Louis Scarcella, framed him by falsifying the evidence.
Bunn was exonerated on Tuesday, Bunn told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson: ‘I want to say thank you your honour because it’s been 27 years I’ve been fighting for my life.’
He then shifted towards the prosecutors and told them that they had the wrong guy for almost three decades.
He told them: ‘I want y’all to know that y’all convicted and had the wrong man in prison.’
He then approached the bench and held the judge’s hands, people in the courtroom were clapping for him.
Justice ShawnDya Simpson to: ‘I am more than emotional about this day.’
‘You were 14 at the time. This shouldn’t have ever happened.’
Bunn told the reporters that he was ‘blessed and thanked God for reaching this point.’
The lead detective Louis Scarcella was disgraced, because he was found to have done this in several other cases. Because of which several murder cases have overturned.
Bunn’s legal team provided evidence of wrongful conviction to the court and he was released on parole in 2009.
During his hearing, he said: ‘Y’all had the wrong man this whole time and you have someone out there running free and y’all had no right to do what you did.’
‘I don’t know how I made it this far, but I believe I am here for a purpose. I just want to be proven innocent.’
‘I didn’t want to be in the dark side of the shadows they (the prosecutors) tried to put me.’
His co-accused was 16 at the time of his arrest, he is also exonerated as well.