Man cries at being exonerated after being in jail 17 years for a murder he didn’t commit

Ksenia Novikova
May 29, 2018
12:56 P.M.
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He was just 14 when he was framed for a horrific crime he didn't commit, and spent 17 years in prison as a result.


John Bunn has been working for years to get his name cleared after he was convicted of the murder of police officer Rolando Neischer in 1991. 

In the news clip shared to YouTube, Bunn could be seen overwhelmed with emotion when Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson overturned his conviction based on the evidence. 

“I am more than emotional about this day,” said Simpson. “You were 14 at the time. This shouldn’t have ever happened. A jury was picked, testimony was given, and it concluded all in one day. I don’t consider that justice at all.”

The case was originally worked by the now disgraced NYPD detective Louis Scarcella. 


During his time in prison, Bunn said he felt trapped and silenced, but used the time to teach himself how to read. 

In 2005, he heroically stepped in to prevent a prison councillor from being raped by fellow inmates. Four years later, he was released on parole 


Despite his freedom, he couldn't help but to think back to those still incarcerated, and started a book drive that he hoped would help to teach other inmates how to read. 

But there was one other thing Bunn desperately wanted to do: even though he was no longer in prison, his murder conviction remained on his record, and he wished nothing more than for his name to be cleared. 

So back to court he went, armed with lawyers who had always maintained he had been framed. 

“There were problems with this case that were very obvious,” said defense lawyer Glenn Garber. “There was no probable cause to make an arrest.”

Bunn could barely control his emotions enough to speak when Simpson handed down her verdict, but had enough in him to turn to the prosecution and tell that yet again that they had had the wrong man all along.