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Louis Benevente



Robbery (includes armed robbery)


5 to 15 years

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New Jersey

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Legislature Overturned Conviction

Summary of Case:

"Louis Benevente was wrongly convicted of robbing a New Jersey baking company of $192 based on the testimony of a single witness - John Dougherty. After serving five years in prison, Benevente was paroled. The man that had accused him of the robbery, John Dougherty, admitted in 1931 that Benevente had never stolen any money, and that he had falsely accused him to cover up for $90 in company money that he had lost playing dice. On October 3, 1939 the New Jersey legislature acknowledged the innocence of Benevente, who had changed his last name to Bennett, by awarding him $5,000 in compensation."

Conviction Caused By:

Sole witness perjured himself to cover up that he was the actual theif.

Innocence Proved By:

Sole witness admitted 12 yrs after Benevente's conviction that he had committed perjury. However the statute of limitations had expired so he couldn't be prosecuted.

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Compensation Awarded:

"$5,000 (State of New Jersey, Oct. 3, 1939)"

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Information Source 1:

"''Not Guilty," Judge Jerome Frank and Barbara Frank, Doubleday, NY, 1957, p. 187"

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