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Kevin D. Richardson, member of Exonerated Five

hosted by UPC Nebraska

Date: Time: 7:30 pm–8:30 pm
Nebraska Union Room: Swanson Auditorium
Additional Info: NU
Contact: Karen Wills, kwills2@unl.edu
Speaker. Motivated by his own wrongful conviction, Kevin D. Richardson uses his personal experiences as an advocate for criminal justice reform and is a partner of the Innocence Project, helping to exonerate wrongfully convicted people and to bring about change.

Free for UNL students with Event Pass.

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About Kevin and the Exonerated Five
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April 19, 1989 started off as a normal day for 14-year-old Kevin D. Richardson, but that night would change the course of his life and American society forever.

After the brutal attack and sexual assault of jogger Trisha Ellen Meili in Central Park, the New York Police Department rounded up and arrested a total of 10 suspects, including Richardson. Despite there being no DNA and no evidence connecting himself and the four other teens to the crime, Richardson was charged and sentenced to serve 5 to 10 years in jail.

After serving 7 years for a crime he did not commit, Richardson was put on 3 years of probation, had to register as a sex offender and was released from prison. However, years later the conviction for the attack remained on his record. In 2002, New York District Attorney Robert Richardson joined forces with the other men falsely convicted and filed a lawsuit for $41 million, which was finally settled in 2014.

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