Wrongfully Accused: Man Exonerated Of Rape After Spending Almost 30 Years In Prison

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Mark Denny of Brooklyn was freed from prison Wednesday, after serving 30 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Denny, 46, had been convicted of rape and robbery at a Burger King in 1987, but the only piece of admissible evidence against him was the eyewitness account of the worker who was attacked, according to NBC News.

Two men wearing ski masks surprised a male and female worker who were locking up around 2 a.m. The men forced the male employee into the stock room and proceeded to rape the woman, with at least one other man joining in on the assault, NBC News reports.

Denny was later arrested in his cousin Raphael James’ car after James had robbed several Burger Kings with two friends. James’ friends ended up taking plea deals; while Denny was tried and convicted alongside his cousin.

Denny never admitted guilt and had an alibi for when the crime was committed. The victim originally stated only three men attacked her, but later left open the possibility for a fourth perpetrator after Denny was arrested, according to NBC News.

The Innocence Project took on Denny’s case and brought it to the attention of the Kings County District Attorney’s conviction review unit. They later found Denny to be innocent and asked a judge to vacate his conviction.

“The crime was horrible and she did suffer tremendously,” Denny told NBC. “I wish I could have been the hero that day that she needed, but unfortunately, I wasn’t there.”

Denny said he had contemplated suicide but was given hope when the Innocence Project stepped in to defend him.  “It made me look forward to this day. By the grace of God, I was able to make it through,” he told NBC News.

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  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    How does the “Just Us System” adequately payback a stolen, wasted life? It doesn’t, it can’t and it won’t. Short of making the presiding judge and prosecution cartel disappear, suddenly, messily & forever…….

  • The same type of thing almost happened to me. They will take a woman’s word over yours every time so you better hope you can dig up some solid proof of innocence so profound that the DA knows they will lose if they try. That’s what I did and that’s what saved me from a lengthy prison term for a rape I most certainly did not commit. Nothing happened to the lying woman, no charges…. nothing. She was immediately free to do this to more men but luckily she’s now dead and can’t do something so horrible to anyone else.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    There are only two ways that Justice will ever be seen in this case.

    1. The judge and prosecutor spend the next 30 years in prison.
    2. The judge and prosecutor face a firing squad.

    • Gil G

      You forgot to mention the jurors.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        The jurors only did what the judge and prosecutor told them to do. . . they’re just useful idiots who reflexively bow to authority. They deserve naught but pity.

        • Gil G

          No, they have the final say as to who’s guilty and who’s not and if anything hold the most responsibility.

          • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

            Never been on a jury, have you. . .

          • Gil G

            A jury determines the guilt or innocence in a jury trial. In other words the jury have the final say. Rather you’ve never been on a jury.

  • Tatiana Covington

    The government is to return those 30 yr to him at once.

  • Gil G

    And the jurors.