Meet the Exonerees

Jarrett Adams

State: Wisconsin
Date of Birth: 1983
Incident Date: 09/05/1998
Age at Arrest: 17
Conviction Date: 2000
Age When Exonerated: 25
Exonerated Date: 2009
Time Served: 8
Conviction: Rape
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

In 2000, nineteen-year-old Jarrett Adams and co-defendant Dimitri Henley were convicted of second-degree rape after a two day trial and sentenced to twenty years in prison. Adams was seventeen at the time of the crime, when supposedly he, Henley, and a third black male raped a white female student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The three men had been playing video games in another room in the dormitory, before they went upstairs to the victim’s room. When the victim’s roommate found them, the victim did not insinuate any foul play. However, later she went to the hospital and reported the incident as rape. At Adams and Henley’s trial, the judge sentenced them both to twenty years in prison, and added eight more years when Adams protested his innocence. In 2009, the 7th Circuit reversed Adams' conviction on IAC grounds based on the finding of evidence that had not been presented at trial: Adams's new attorney noticed a police report quoting the student in whose room the victim had met the defendants playing video games as saying that he had seen her socializing with the alleged assailants in the dormitory after the supposed gang rape had occurred. Shortly thereafter, the prosecution dropped all charges.