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John Kogut

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Murder and Rape


31-1/2 years to life

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Location of Trial:

New York


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

John Kogut, John Restivo and Dennis Halstead were codefendants wrongly convicted in 1986 of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted on November 11, 1984 based on Kogut's confession in which he implicated Restivo and Halstead. Kogut retracted his confession as coerced. Kogut was convicted in May 1986, and later that year Restivo and Halstead were jointly tried and convicted. All three men were sentenced to 33-1/3 years to life in prison. Kogut had confessed falsely on video tape. DNA tests in 2003 excluded the three men as the girl's attacker. Kogut was released on bail. On December 21, 2005 Kogut was found not guilty after a retrial. Restivo and Halstead were later released on bail. On December 29, 2005, the charges were dropped against Restivo and Halstead for a lack of evidence. Restivo and Halstead had been wrongly imprisoned for 18 years. Kogut for 17 years.

Conviction Caused By:

False confession by John Kogut implicating co-defendant's John Restivo and Dennis Halstead that he later recanted.

Innocence Proved By:

DNA test excluded the three co-defendant's as the girl's assailant.

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Information Source 1:

John Kogut, John Restivo and Dennis Halstead

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Information Source 2:

After 17 years, DNA evidence frees inmates, USA Today, June 12, 2003

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DNA Evidence Leads L.I. Judge to Vacate Murder, Rape Convictions After 17, Years, New York Law Journal, June 12, 2003

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Two Men Cleared in 1984 Murder, Newsday, December 29, 2005

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Information Source 5:

John Kogut, John Restivo and Dennis Halstead, by Elisabeth Wetsch, CrimeZZZ.net, 2005

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