Central Park Five Codefendant Steven Lopez’s Conviction Overturned!

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According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, a 6th man who was a co-defendant of the Central Park Five — a group of Black and Hispanic youths convicted of assaulting and raping a lady in the renowned New York City park — had his conviction vacated on Monday.

The other five teenagers who were convicted in the 1989 attack were already exonerated. Steven Lopez, who was 15 at the time, was one of the boys detained in connection with the heinous incident.

According to a motion filed by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Lopez was tried for both rape and robbery of a guy jogging through the park, but took a deal in which he only pleaded guilty to the heist.

Lopez was imprisoned for over 4 years, according to his attorney, Eric Shapiro Renfroe.

Bragg outlined the reasons for vacating the conviction, including the lack of tangible evidence linking Lopez to either the rape or the robbery and the fact that statements made by many others blaming Lopez had subsequently been recanted.

Lopez’s exoneration came nearly 20 years after the Central Park Five were ruled not guilty in 2002.

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