DNA clears convicted murderer after 2...

DNA clears convicted murderer after 20 years

There are 19 comments on the Connecticut Post story from Aug 5, 2009, titled DNA clears convicted murderer after 20 years. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

A central Connecticut man convicted of a 1986 rape and murder has been freed from prison after DNA testing showed he could not have committed the crime.

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Since: Nov 08

United States

#1 Aug 5, 2009
They've had DNA testing for years now. What took them so long to test Ireland's?
TooBad

United States

#2 Aug 5, 2009
Good luck 2 u Mr. Ireland.
Wake up state

United States

#4 Aug 5, 2009
Im glad for you Mr. Ireland
Through the trap door

Somerset, PA

#6 Aug 5, 2009
He probably did something else he was never arrested for so the time he served will be punishment for that crime.
karen

New Rochelle, NY

#7 Aug 5, 2009
Through the trap door wrote:
He probably did something else he was never arrested for so the time he served will be punishment for that crime.
Unbelievably stupid statement. Just no words.

“A liberal who's conservative.”

Since: Nov 08

North Haven, CT

#8 Aug 5, 2009
Well, looks like another muli-million settlement that the General Assembly will have to put together.

I feel sorry for him. I'm sure that a lot of residents in his town upon hearing this will help him out. Unfortunately there are probably more than a few who will be pissed and angry (like the family members and friends of the victim). They had "closure" with Mr. Ireland locked up, and spent 2 decades knowing a "guilty" man was incarcerated. There will no doubt be awkward moments at Shaw's and Walmart. I just hope they realize that he's not guilty, the real culprit is loose, and Mr. Ireland is a victim as well.
DA Suxs

Weston, CT

#9 Aug 5, 2009
I hope Mr. Ireland get $1,000,000 for each year he was incarcerated and Grandma Jodi has to pay it out. The DA & Procecuters and their staffs should be fired and arrested and fined for false imprisionment along with the cops involved. Also I hope the familiy of the woman he "supposedly" did this to has the balls to appologize to him.
Jack

Oceanside, NY

#10 Aug 5, 2009
Through the trap door wrote:
He probably did something else he was never arrested for so the time he served will be punishment for that crime.
You're an idiot. He was 20 and living in a box, if he was a criminal he was a bad one. Petty crimes aren't worth 23 years of your life. I will say though that this MAY have been a good thing for him, he probably got some education in there, much needed structure and plenty of time to think about things and plan for a hopeful release. With a job lined up, a cash settlement sure to come and only being 44 he may lead a much better life the rest of the way than he would have. He may have died in the streets if not picked up. I'm not saying they did him a favor but if lives to 80 it may be a happier life.
oops again CT

AOL

#11 Aug 5, 2009
Good luck to you Mr. Ireland, you've been through alot I'm sure. I hope you file a lawsuit against the state, not that any amount of $$$ can make up for what you have been through, but for the sole purpuse of others like yourself who have served time for a crime they didn't do, no amount of money could make up for what you have lived through. Good luck to you and all the other people who are still living your nightmare!
friar tuck

United States

#12 Aug 5, 2009
Pay the law suit with the prison pension fund.

“A liberal who's conservative.”

Since: Nov 08

North Haven, CT

#13 Aug 7, 2009
Jack from Stratford wrote that he may have had some structure. Well, he was a convicted murderer/rapist. He probably got no therapy, or got therapy where he had to "admit" his guilt. He was probably a target of assault and rape while he was incarcerated. He had fewer privelages because of the nature of his alleged crime. That was probably the "structure" he got. While he wasn't a sexual predator when he went in, he may be one now if he himself was a victim and wants to exact "revenge". While he may not have been violent when he went in, he may have violence issues now, especially when he can't get a job because of his background. What job skills does someone learn when they are sentenced to life? Don't suggest a blue collar job; a lot of unskilled blue collar worker are homeless because of the economy. A mess all the way around.
former res

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Aug 7, 2009
Good for Mr. Ireland - how many other innocent people still in prison - or executed?

Tough however on the victim's family.

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/site/tab1.cfm...
yoda

New Haven, CT

#15 Aug 8, 2009
Contracarl wrote:
Jack from Stratford wrote that he may have had some structure. Well, he was a convicted murderer/rapist. He probably got no therapy, or got therapy where he had to "admit" his guilt. He was probably a target of assault and rape while he was incarcerated. He had fewer privelages because of the nature of his alleged crime. That was probably the "structure" he got. While he wasn't a sexual predator when he went in, he may be one now if he himself was a victim and wants to exact "revenge". While he may not have been violent when he went in, he may have violence issues now, especially when he can't get a job because of his background. What job skills does someone learn when they are sentenced to life? Don't suggest a blue collar job; a lot of unskilled blue collar worker are homeless because of the economy. A mess all the way around.
You sure do make a lot of assumptions here. Must be nice to be so omniscient.

“A liberal who's conservative.”

Since: Nov 08

North Haven, CT

#18 Aug 16, 2009
I wasn't making assumptions. I was pointing out that while a person may not have issues before they were incarcerated, they may have numerous issues once they are released.

As an example, there was this guy from Texas (I tried to look up the article). Well he was in prison for rape, and DNA cleared him and he was freed. A few years later he was arrested for rape or aattempted rape, and he was found with rubber gloves and bleach to cover his alleged crime. Not a rapist when he went in, but one one he came out. I should have been more clear that while this one instance was unique, it is a possibility. Like a person wrongfully arrested for drugs, found guilty and released upon proof of his innocence, only for him to turn to drugs after his release.

While a money settlement would help him, the state should also cover all his mental health treatment if needed.

I wasn't trying to imply that Mr Ireland was going to become an offender, just that people come out of situations like his very traumatized. I should have been more clear. I hope Mr. Ireland lands on his feet running, and finds stable employment, counseling, and some good structure as opposed to a DOC Counselor who probably never believed him.
Democrat on a box

Milford, CT

#19 Aug 16, 2009
Justs prove that god is not watching out for us.

Since: Sep 09

Schaumburg, IL

#21 Sep 24, 2009
I heard it takes years for a judge to approve a DNA test. That's why he had to wait for so long. The court systems in this country are so backed up with new DNA requests.It costs the states millions of dollars.I just saw a program about it. I feel so bad for those that are going through the same thing and will never see freedom.It's so scary.I remember when that all happened.WOW.
Congrats

Moscow, Russia

#24 Sep 26, 2009
Too bad the state isn't sorry for the blame and the pain.
PeePee

Johnstown, PA

#26 Sep 27, 2009
It could have been worse. He could have been in jail for 21 years.
Mr Deedle Doodle

Johnstown, PA

#28 Sep 27, 2009
Through the trap door wrote:
He probably did something else he was never arrested for so the time he served will be punishment for that crime.
Most likely true.

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