John Kogut

Time Served: 19 years

After a three month bench trial, Judge Ort found Kogut not guilty on all counts. His verdict included specific findings that numerous aspects of the confession were contradicted by DNA and other forensic evidence, and that the decomposed hairs from the victim were not shed by her in Restivo’s van.

State: New York

Charge: Murder, Rape

Conviction: Murder, Rape

Sentence: 31.5 Years to Life

Incident Date: 11/10/84

Conviction Date: 05/28/86

Exoneration Date: 12/21/05

Served: 19 years

Race of Defendant: Caucasian

Race of Victim: Caucasian

Status: Exonerated by DNA

Contributing Causes of Conviction: False Confessions or Admissions, Informants, Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science

Type of Forensic Science Problem: Hair Analysis

Type of Crime: Homicide Related, Sex Crimes

Death Penalty Case: no

Accused Plead Guilty: No

The Alternative Perpetrator Identified: No

Real Perpetrator Convicted of Subsequent Crime: No, Yes

Compensation: Not Yet

Innocence Project Involved: Yes

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