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Erroneous felony conviction cases

Following is a list of 10 individuals seeking compensation from the Commonwealth under a state law providing relief for individuals found to have been wrongly convicted.

Name Charge(s) Time served Relief sought
Ulysses Charles Four counts of rape. 19 years $500,000
Stephan Cowans Armed assault with intent to murder. 6 1/2 years $500,000
Lawyer Johnson First degree murder, sentenced to death in 1971; sentence vacated in 1974. Convicted of second-degree murder for same killing and sentenced to life. 10 1/2 years $500,000
Dennis Maher Ayer: Aggravated rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery. Lowell: Rape, assault and battery, assault with intent to rape. More than 19 years $1.5 million
Neil Miller Breaking and entering, robbery, rape. More than 10 1/2 years $500,000
Marvin Mitchell One count of forcible sexual intercourse on child under the age of 16. Seven years and three months $500,000
Marlon Passley First degree murder Four years and seven months $500,000
Eric Sarsfield Rape, assault and battery More than 10 years $500,000
John Scullin Rape of a child 705 days $500,000
Eduardo Velazquez Two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of assault and battery Almost 14 years $500,000

SOURCE: Attorney general's office

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