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Ulysses Rodriguez Charles

17 Years in Prison: Innocent

Cause: Eyewitness Misidentification, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science
Real Perpetrator Found: No
State: Massachusetts
Convicted:
1984
Exonerated:
2001
Ulysses Rodriguez Charles
2001 
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In 2001, Ulysses Rodriguez Charles was released from prison after serving 17 years for aggravated rape, robbery, unlawful confinement, and entering armed with intent to commit a felony. His conviction was vacated after DNA testing of semen found on the victim's bed sheets excluded him. Charles asserts that he had been targeted by a police officer with a vendetta who hid evidence in pursuit of his wrongful conviction.

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The Causes

  • Eyewitness Misidentification
  • Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science
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The Facts

Incident Date: 12/8/80
Jurisdiction: MA
Charge: Aggravated Rape, Robbery, Unlawful Confinement, Entering Armed w/ Intent
Conviction: Aggravated Rape, Robbery, Unlawful Confinement, Entering Armed w/ Intent to Commit a Felony
Conviction Date: 2/14/84
Exoneration Date: 5/17/01
Sentence: 72-80 Years
Served: 17 years
Real Perpetrator Found: No
Compensation: Civil Suit
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