Meet the Exonerees

Donnell Johnson

State: Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 31-Oct-94
Age at Arrest: 16
Conviction Date: Mar-95
Age When Exonerated: 21
Exonerated Date: Nov-99
Time Served: 5
Conviction: Murder
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No


Case Details

Donnell Johnson was arrested at the age of 16 for the murder of nine-year-old Jermaine Goffigan. Jermaine was tragically caught in the crossfire of gang shooting as he counted his Halloween candy. Donnell was arrested the next day for the crime, and was misidentified by witnesses, including some of Jermaine's family, as one of the shooters. In 1999, a gang member with knowledge of the shooting was arrested and disproved Donnell's involvement. Donnell's judgment was vacated in March 2000.