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Kareem Bellamy





25 years to life

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U.S. State or Country of Crime:

New York

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City of Crime:

New York City


Judicially Exonerated

Summary of Case:

"Kareem Bellamy was wrongly convicted in 1994 of a New York City murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. In 2004 the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore took on Bellamy's case pro bono and hired private investigators.a former NYPD detective and former FBI agent to see if new evidence could be discovered. In February 2008 they wired an informant with a wire, and obtained a secretly recorded confession by a man that he and another man committed the murder in retaliation for the victim being friendly with one of the two men's girlfriend. Based on that new evidence Bellamy's conviction was overturned in June 2008 by a Queens Supreme Court judge. Bellamy was released on bail on August 14, 2008 after 14 years imprisonment. The former FBI agent, Joseph O'Brien, put his condominium up as security for Bellamy's release. On September 16, 2011 the charges were dismissed against Bellamy after the district attorney decided he would not be retried. Bellamy filed a compensation claim with the State of New York. On May 20, 2015 Bellamy settlement for $2.75 million was approved by Judge Alan C. Marin of the New York Court of Claims."

Conviction Caused By:

Innocence Proved By:

"A Queens Supreme Court judge vacated Bellamy's conviction in June 2008 based on a recorded confession by another man to the murder. On September 16, 2011 the charges were dismissed against Bellamy after the district attorney decided he would not be retried."

Defendant Aided By:

Former FBI agent Joseph O'Brien and retired NYPD Detective Eddie Henson worked on Bellamy's case pro bono and after months of investigation discovered the new evidence that resulted in his release.

Compensation Awarded:

"$2.75 mil. (New York State, May 20, 2015)"

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Information Source 1:

"‘Wrong Man’ Freed After 14 Yrs, New York Post, August 15, 2008"

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Information Source 2:

"I want retrial, not a deal, to prove my innocence, man says, NY Daily News, August 15, 2008"

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Information Source 3:

"“Judge dismisses case against man wrongly convicted of murdering childhood pal,” By Christina Carrega (staff), New York Post, September 16, 2011"

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Information Source 4:

"New York State Reaches $2.75 Million Settlement Vindicating Innocence Claim In Wrongful Imprisonment Of Kareem Bellamy, MMDNewsWire.com, May 20, 2015"

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Information Source 5:

"Queens man wrongly imprisoned for 14 years on murder charges gets $2.75M, By Eli Rosenberg, New York Daily News, May 20, 2015"

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