In 1989, Mark Denny, then a minor, was sentenced to 57 years in jail for robbing a fast-food restaurant and raping a young woman, despite having nothing to do with both crimes.
A New Yorker who 30 years ago was sentenced to 57 years in prison for a rape and a robbery he did not commit will receive compensation of $ 9.750 billion, according to the New York Post newspaper.
In 1987, Mark Denny, then 17, was one of four men accused of stealing from a Burger King in Brooklyn (New York, USA) and raping an 18-year-old woman who worked at the restaurant of fast food.
Although the young man claimed to be innocent, in 1989 he was sentenced to 57 years in jail on charges of rape, sodomy, theft and coercion.
However, years later, Project Innocence, an organization that aims to exonerate unjustly convicted persons and reform the criminal justice system, took care of Denny’s case.
In 2017, the man was finally exonerated after an investigation showed he was not at the Burger King that night and, consequently, had nothing to do with the crime.
“Attacked and framed” by the New York Police
In a claim notification, which was presented to the New York authorities, Denny alleged that he was “attacked and framed” by the police officers who investigated the crime and accused the agents of fabricating evidence and not verifying his alibi, as well as ” intentionally refusing to investigate other obvious clues, “including immediate hair and nail scratch tests, among others.
In addition, the man said investigators made “direct suggestions to induce” the rape victim, whose eyes were covered during part of the attack, to identify him as the author of the crime “in a live lineup after she was not able to identify it in a photo alignment. “