Man Locked up 27 Years Seeks Compensation

To hear his lawyer tell it, it was a scheme of cohesion and cover up that landed 50-year old William Dillon behind bars for 27 years.

Dillon was convicted of murder in 1981.

The Brevard County prosecutor at the time used evidence that didn’t fit, literally.

A medium tee-shirt covered with the victim’s blood was linked to the 6’4 Dillon.

Forensic scientists tested samples from the shirt in 2008, but Dillon’s DNA couldn’t be found. Dillon’s name was cleared a few weeks later.

“The final release was such a relief, but now I’m relieving this again.

Going back into the same courthouse appeals and going back into the same situation and it’s drawing on me,” said Dillon.

During his first hour in prison, five inmates raped the then 21-year-old.

Dillon’s legal team is asking the state legislature for 2.4 million dollars for lost time and suffering.

“This compensation is not just because they took his freedom away.

They took away a lot of things he would have through a normal course of life if he had been allowed to go out and work and benefit from his own region,” said Sandy D’Alemberte with the Innocence Project of Florida.

Florida law allows the wrongfully incarnated to seek compensation if they haven’t been convicted of any other crimes.

Dillon was convicted of a drug charge two year prior to the murder.

Two administrative judges acting on behalf of the House and Senate will make recommendations to the legislature on whether or not Dillon’s bill should be heard.

A jail house snitch who fabricated a story to help convict Dillon showed up at today’s hearing.

He testified and asked Dillon to forgive him.

The two men embraced after his testimony.

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  • by Justice Location: Tallahassee on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Please...Deliver Us From "Eva!" How can you say that he may not have made 2.4 million dollars? To be wrongfully convicted for something you did not do is a major insult on humanity. Perhaps he may not have made that much money in the years he was locked up, but we will never know now. How much is your time worth to be locked up...and raped? Give him the money and hope this isn't a continuing trend in this state!
  • by DRIVEN Location: FL on Nov 9, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    man give this man the money i think he deserves it for 27 years of probing an grilled cheese an peanut butter sandwiches
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    Give him the money and lock up the people who put him there
  • by Theresa Location: Bulger on Nov 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Have you people lost your mind, the amount of money that this individual is requesting; and should receive should be for pain and suffering alone. As a former DOC employee I have seen first hand, not only pain; but mental anguish as well. Regardless had he worked for 27 years or not, the rape alone should justify his request. Not just women are raped, I can only imagine being a jit(as they are called) housed with older inmates what this young man went through. All of you should be ashame of yourselves for even making such horrible comments. Whatever happened to compassion,remorse, and sorrow. How would you feel if this was you situation instead of someone else's. It never cease to amaze me, the way some of you respond to other people's tragedy, and grief. Instead of criticizing you should be offering some words of consolation. Did it ever occur to you that he is going to need therapy for the rest of his life just to get through this.
  • by Me on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    Did you see what the man had to go through while being in prison... Who wants to be in prison for 27 years for something he did not do?!!!! Being violated, wrongly accused is enough heartache and pain within itself... We may never know how much money he could have made within that time frame of being locked up because he was deprived from doing anything he wanted and ever dreamed of.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Nov 3, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    He should get every dime.Who are you people to say what a person's time is worth?
  • by Eva Location: Florida on Nov 3, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    I am sorry the man was locked up in jail for a crime he did not commit but I do not think his time is worth $2.4 million dollars. A lot of us have been out of prison and have not made that much money. The large comepnsation for wrongful imprisonment is what got the state of Florida in such a dire financial state. The criteria to determine the amount of money he would have earned should include education, experience and availability of employment. As you can see, there is no guarantee he would have worked the entire 27 years.
  • by confused Location: madison on Nov 3, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    I would like to know what kind of job he had before going to jail! Because I would like to roll him for it... If he can make 2.4 million in 27 years!
  • by ANTHONY on Nov 3, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    I think the man deserves it too!
  • by MIke on Nov 3, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    People reading this need to realize the same thing could happen to you or someone you love. It is better that 10 guilty men go free than to wrongly imprison an innocent man or woman!!
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