Brooklyn Man Wrongfully Jailed At 14 For 1991 Murder Of Correction Officer Is Exonerated After Spending 17 Years In Prison

Posted On : May 16, 2018

This is the heartbreaking moment a New York man broke down in tears after he was exonerated for the 1991 murder of a correction officer.

It is the latest in a string of overturned murder convictions linked to disgraced former NYPD detective Louis Scarcella. 

John Bunn, 41, cried tears of joy after Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson told him his second-degree murder conviction was overturned.

‘I am more than emotional about this day,’ Simpson said, according to the Daily News. ‘You were 14 at the time. This shouldn’t have ever happened.’

Bunn and another teen, Rosean Hargrave, were found guilty more than two decades ago for the murder of correction officer Rolando Neischer.

Bunn was 14 at the time, and Hargrave was 16.

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Both teens were convicted based on tainted evidence produced by disgraced NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella.

There were issues with the case from the beginning.

Fingerprints found at the scene did not belong to either teen, and were described as light-skinned men in their 20s. 

Bunn and Hargrave were dark-skinned teenagers. Defense lawyers said the teens were framed.

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Bunn was released from prison on parole in 2009.

He went on to create the nonprofit organization AVoice4TheUnheard. 

‘Y’all had the wrong man this whole time and you have someone out there running free and y’all had no right to do what you did,’ he said during his hearing, the Daily News reports.

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‘I don’t know how I made it this far, but I believe I am here for a purpose. I just want to be proven innocent…I didn’t want to be in the dark side of the shadows they (the prosecutors) tried to put me.’
Hargrave, who was there with his girlfriend and cousin, were seen sobbing.
He spent 24 years in prison for the killing.