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Peter Chenier

 

Charge:

First Degree Murder

Sentence:

Life Imprisonment

Years Imprisoned:

11

Year Crime:

1997

Year Convicted:

2001

Year Cleared:

2008

U.S. State or Country of Crime:

Canada

County or Region of Crime:

Ontario

City of Crime:

Ottawa

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Co-defendant of George Farley. Both men were wrongly convicted in 2001 of a 1997 murder based on the testimony of two men. Both men were sentenced to life in prison. In 2006 the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the men's convictions and ordered a new trial. On July 18, 2008 they were both acquitted after a retrial. They were immediately freed after 11 years of wrongful imprisonment -- four years awaiting trial, and seven years after their 2001 conviction."

Conviction Caused By:

False testimony by two witnesses

Innocence Proved By:

"In 2006 the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the men's convictions and ordered a new trial. On July 18, 2008 they were both acquitted after a retrial. "

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Skin/Ethnicity:

White

Information Source 1:

"Murder convictions of hydro worker quashed in ottawa court, Canwest News Service, July 18, 2008"

Information Location 1:

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=db10cf04-5995-4b24-9aea-b0cd732024a3

Information Source 2:

"The bumpy road after acquittal, By Laura Drake (staff reporter), The Ottawa Citizen, August 2, 2008"

Information Location 2:

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/city/story.html?id=de60f718-43a9-4397-8e5c-5b71c2fc9ac0

Information Source 3:

"Convictions quashed, By Staff writers, The Ottawa Citizen, July 18, 2008"

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http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=0105b5c5-beef-45b7-ba07-3c11610a8aea

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