News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinesecurityprison-incarceration — Viewing Item

Dna clears florida man of 1981 rape and robbery { January 14 2006 }

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 Last updated 3:39 a.m. PT

DNA clears Fla. man of 1981 rape, robbery


TAMPA, Fla. -- A 45-year-old who has spent more than half his life in prison for armed robbery and rape will be freed after DNA evidence created "significant doubt" about his guilt, prosecutors said Friday.

The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office said it would support a defense motion to vacate Alan Crotzer's 1982 convictions and 130-year prison sentence.

"After carefully weighing all available evidence, the State Attorney's Office has concluded that significant doubt exists as to Mr. Crotzer's guilt in this case," the office said in a statement Friday.

Crotzer's attorneys with the Florida Innocence Initiative told him of the development in an afternoon conference call, said Sam Roberts, a Fordham University law student who has worked closely with attorneys on the case. Roberts described Crotzer as "overwhelmed, emotional and overjoyed."

Crotzer could have been released from the Polk Correctional Institution on Friday, but he asked that it be delayed until after a Jan. 23 court hearing so arrangements could be made for his shelter and support, Roberts said.

Crotzer and brothers Douglas James and Corlenzo James were convicted of robbing a Tampa family in 1981. Douglas James and Crotzer were also convicted of kidnapping and raping a 38-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint.

A victim picked Crotzer out of a lineup. But Douglas James now says Crotzer is innocent. He said he and his brother were the rapists and a longtime childhood friend was their accomplice.

A jury had found Crotzer guilty of two counts of sexual assault, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. The James brothers also got long prison sentences.

1 in 99 americans in jail { January 2008 }
25percent of worlds prisoners
3 days in nyc jails { November 23 2002 }
Black man imprisoned 25 years freed by dna { April 23 2007 }
Black man innocent of murder freed after 27 years { April 29 2008 }
Black prison rate reach peak { April 7 2003 }
British police new supergun for rioters { October 9 2005 }
California highest percapita jail population outside china { November 18 2003 }
Correctional population hits record 7m { July 26 2004 }
Correctional services corporation builds texas detention center
Corrections 7m ap
Corrections 7m reuters
Crime rose 2001
Dna clears florida man of 1981 rape and robbery { January 14 2006 }
Dna exoneration { August 26 2002 }
Dna tests free man in prison 25 years
Drug laws dont reduce drug crime
Fbi method sent innocent hundreds to prison { November 18 2007 }
Federal prisons packed
Halliburton contracted to build immigration jails
Highest adult imprisonment world { August 18 2003 }
Inmates not violent
Innocent british prisoner charged with living expenses
La riots one year later { April 29 2002 }
Lawmakers seek to end business boom behind bars { February 23 2005 }
Man cleared by dna after 17 years
Microsoft cheap labor in prisons { March 19 2001 }
Millions behind bars
One in 37 done time
One of every 75 men in prison { May 27 2004 }
Overcrowded prisoners to take sleep shifts
Poor lawyers in death sentence { June 26 2003 }
Prison labor grows { March 19 2000 }
Prisoner claims legal injection cruel and unusual { January 23 2006 }
Prisoners grew by 900 inmates a week during 2004 { June 30 2003 }
Prisons add 1000 inmates each week { May 21 2006 }
Prisons colleges
Racial segregation continues in california prisons
Record 7 million adults in prison system { October 2006 }
Record high
Sentencing in doubt after supreme court decision { June 25 2004 }
Supreme court gives sentencing power to juries { June 26 2004 }
Supreme court transforms sentence guidelines { January 13 2005 }
Uk prison population hits new record
Worlds highest incarceration rate { August 18 2003 }
Young inmates caged drugged state study finds { January 28 2004 }

Files Listed: 46


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple