Juliet Papa

26 Years After Convictions, Judge Vacates Convictions Of 2 Men Wrongly Jailed For Rape

May 07, 2018 - 4:05 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two men sentenced to prison in 1992 for a Central Park rape their accuser now acknowledges never happened have had their convictions vacated.
VanDyke Perry and Gregory Counts were in court in New York on Monday when a judge exonerated them.
Perry was 21 and Counts was 19 when they were accused by a woman who said they and another man raped her in 1991 as part of a dispute with her boyfriend.
The men were convicted despite a lack of material evidence. Perry spent 10 years in prison before being paroled. Counts was in prison for 26 years before being paroled.

Counts contacted the Innocence Project, which investigated the case, later joined by prosecutors. Investigators spoke to the woman, who recanted, but doesn't face charges because the statute of limitations has expired.