Timothy Crosby

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.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012

 

State:New York
County:Kings
Most Serious Crime:Assault
Additional Convictions:Illegal Weapon
Reported Crime Date:1988
Convicted:1989
Exonerated:1999
Sentence:10 to Life
Race:Black
Sex:Male
Age:27
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No