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Timothy Crosby

Other New York Assault Cases
In April 1988, Dana Garner reported to the police in New York City that he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of men, but had escaped.  While walking the streets with police looking for suspects, Garner identified Timothy Crosby as one of the men who kidnapped him.  Garner also identified two other men who, in exchange for more lenient sentences, testified against Crosby at his trial.  Crosby was convicted in 1989 of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon and sentenced to 10-years-to-life in prison.  Nine years after Crosby’s conviction, it was discovered that Garner had made false accusations in two other, unrelated cases.  Once the pattern of false accusations came to light, a legal aid attorney looked at Crosby’s conviction, as it was also based on Garner’s identification.  The attorney met with Garner and the two co-defendants, who recanted their testimony and admitted that Crosby had no role in the crime.  Crosby’s attorney filed a motion to vacate his conviction, which was granted by the trial court in 1999. Crosby received $450,000 in compensation from the New York Court of Claims.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012
Last Updated: 6/20/2019
State:New York
Most Serious Crime:Assault
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:1988
Sentence:10 to Life
Age at the date of reported crime:27
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No