Two New York men were just awarded 9 million dollars after a wrongful conviction. Anthony Ortiz and Danny Colon were both convicted of double murder in 1993. They served 16 months in prison. Two men were killed during a drive by shooting and two others were wounded. Anibal Vera was a drug addict and knew Colon. Vera claimed she heard that Ortiz and Colon were involved and that they confessed to the murders. During the trial, it did not come up that Vera agreed to testify after she got a deal from the prosecutors. Vera was facing jail time and a probation violation. The jury convicted the defendants of two counts each of murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree, and one count each of criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
Defendants were later able to find out that the deal was not the only thing Vera got for testifying. Prosecutors also relocated his grandparents when the contacted the New York City housing authority. The prosecutor was also involved in other felony drug cases of Veras. There were also guns found in Vera’s hotel room one month before the trial that Vera was never arrested for. There were also lists of other people named from an interview that were never disclosed to defendants.
Keller Law Offices handles appeals. If you believe you were wrongfully convicted like Ortiz and Colon, contact Max Keller. Max Keller has won cases in the Minnesota Supreme Court and has filed many appeals with the Minnesota court of appeals. Keller Law Offices has two criminal lawyers licensed in Minnesota. Criminal lawyers in Minnesota will be able to file an appeal and fight for you. Criminal lawyers in Minnesota are necessary if you want to appeal your Minnesota conviction. Max Keller is a criminal lawyer in Minnesota and has been practicing criminal law for 17 years. Call 952-913-1421 if you believe you were wrongfully convicted of a crime.