In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who at the time was currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear that Shane was not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane was 50 years old, and had been in prison since 1993.
Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, we advocated for Shane and took his case to State Court as well as Federal Court in New York City. In October of 2018, Shane was released from prison to remain on parole, having served exactly 25 years for a crime he did not commit. Along with Attorney Robert Boyle and The Exoneration Initiative, we continue to seek Shane's full exoneration in the court system.Details of the Shane Watson case, can be read in the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.
Since 2003 and my experience with Mr. Shane Watson, I have continued to advocate for individuals wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Currently, I am advocating for five individuals in the New York State prison system. For more information about wrongful convictions, please visit The Opus 30 Mission blog or The Opus 30 Mission Facebook Page