NEW YORK – a New York City man who spent more than 25 years behind bars for rape and robbery.
Brooklyn district Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday vacated the conviction of the Brand Denny because an investigation showed faulty witness identification.
In 1987, three men forced their way into a Burger King, after closing time, robbed the store of $3,000 and raped and sodomized an 18-year-old employee.
Denny was arrested in a separate weapons case. The victim identified him in a line-up but a contradictory statements. Denny was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 19 to 57 years.
The case is the 24th conviction that the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has denied in the last 3½ years, as he looks back on more than 100 convictions in one of the most far-reaching reviews of its kind in the entire country.