(DNAINFO) Eddie Small | March 23, 2016 — Richard Rosario, 40, was released on Wednesday after serving decades in prison.
A man who served 20 years in prison for a murder in The Bronx had his conviction vacated on Wednesday based on the determination that he did not receive a fair trial.
Richard Rosario, who was sentenced in 1998 for the fatal shooting of 16-year-old George Collazo in 1996, was released from prison after his lawyers and the Bronx District Attorney’s office both moved to vacate his conviction.
Rosario had been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of murder for shooting Collazo once in the face on the afternoon of June 19, 1996 by White Plains Road and Turnbull Avenue.
Rosario maintained that he was in Deltona, Florida on the day of the murder and had nine witnesses who saw him there, but the witnesses were never interviewed, and his lawyer never sent an investigator to Florida.