I’m thrilled to share with you another victory for justice today. Just minutes ago, Robert Dewey was exonerated of a 1994 rape and murder in Mesa County, Colorado. Advances in DNA technology since the crime made it possible to prove Mr. Dewey’s innocence while implicating another man, who is already serving a life sentence for a similar crime. Robert walked out of court today a free man after spending nearly 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Mesa County District Attorney Rich Tuttle prosecuted Robert Dewey’s case and asked the court to vacate the conviction. He said, “I am grateful for the support of the Sheriff’s office, the Attorney General’s office and Mr. Dewey’s lawyers in working together to clear Mr. Dewey’s name. I deeply regret it took so many years to uncover proof of his innocence.”
Robert Dewey is the 290th person exonerated by DNA testing. But we know there are many others still waiting for justice. The Innocence Project receives hundreds of letters each month from prisoners seeking to prove their innocence.
Montana, we need to do right by our own citizens that are sitting locked up behind bars because of being unjustly convicted, innocent or lengthy sentences that do not fit the crimes. Montana Speak Up! It’s the right thing to do!