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Arthur Cleveland

On December 6, 1973, Arthur Cleveland and Larry Boone were convicted of murdering a man at a nightclub in the Bronx, New York. According to the prosecution, the victim was shot by Cleveland and Boone inside the club, and then Cleveland and Boone walked him outside, where he died. Cleveland was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison.

However, the prosecution had withheld the testimony of two witnesses who stated that the shooting had actually occurred in a different location than the nightclub where it was alleged to have taken place. This was crucial exculpatory evidence that had been suppressed, so the judgments against both Cleveland and Boone were reversed on appeal in 1975. New trials were ordered for Cleveland and Boone, and the case against each of them was then dismissed. In 1992, Cleveland received $56,700 from the New York Court of Claims.

- Meghan Barrett Cousino

Most Serious Crime:Murder
Reported Crime Date:1973
Sentence:20 years to life
Race/Ethnicity:Don't Know
Age at the date of crime:
Contributing Factors:Official Misconduct