In October 2001, a woman was robbed at gunpoint in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After being arrested for another crime, Eugene Glenn, who had a long record of purse snatchings, was placed in a lineup. The victim identified him as the robber, even though he didn’t match her initial description. The victim’s cell phone was used within an hour of the crime, and when police found the user, he claimed to have gotten the phone from a man named “E.” However, police failed to follow up on this lead.
Glenn was convicted of armed robbery by a jury in May 2002, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Glenn’s public defender, while working on his appeal, tracked down the man who had the victim’s cell phone and showed him a photo of Glenn. The man confirmed that Glenn wasn’t “E”, and with his help, prosecutors were able to find the actual robber, who confessed to the crime. Glenn’s conviction was vacated by the trial court and charges were dismissed in October 2003.
- Stephanie Denzel