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Vincent Ferrara

Other Guilty Plea Murder Exonerations
In 1985, a Boston, Massachusetts mobster was killed by two members of the Patriarca crime family, purportedly on instructions given by Vincent Ferrara, a well-known high ranking member of the family. In 1990, Ferrara was indicted on charges of racketeering and the 1985 murder. The only witness against Ferrara was Walter Jordan. After Jordan testified at a co-defendant’s trial that Ferrara had ordered the hit, and the co-defendant was convicted of the murder, Ferrara accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. In 2003, it was discovered that the FBI was in possession of statements by Jordan that Ferrara had not ordered the murder. In April 2005, the murder portion of Ferrara’s plea was stricken because the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence, and he was resentenced on the remaining charges. He was then released based upon the time he already served.

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012
Most Serious Crime:Murder
Additional Convictions:Other Violent Felony, Other Nonviolent Felony
Reported Crime Date:1985
Sentence:22 years
Age at the date of crime:36
Contributing Factors:Perjury or False Accusation, Official Misconduct
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No