Innocence Blog

Set Free in New York After 26 Years

Posted: October 28, 2009 6:10 pm




Dewey Bozella was freed today in Poughkeepsie, New York, after spending 26 years in prison for a murder evidence now shows he didn’t commit. Bozella was convicted in 1977 of the murder of a 92-year-old woman. He was denied parole four times because he refused to admit guilt to a crime he has always maintained he didn’t commit.

“I could never admit to something I didn’t do,” said Bozella as he got his first taste of freedom in almost three decades on the steps of the Dutchess County Courthouse. “I’m very happy. It’s going to take a little while before it really rubs in but I’m glad that it’s at this stage now where I’m on the other side of the wall and the judge said ‘Let him go’.”

Read the full story here. (Mid Hudson News, 10/28/09)
Bozella is represented by pro-bono attorneys at the firm WilmerHale. The Innocence Project represented Bozella until it was clear that evidence did not exist for DNA testing, at which point the organization reached out to WilmerHale to take on the case. Over the last two years, WilmerHale attorneys have uncovered substantial evidence that Bozella is innocent and that another man actually committed the crime.