Meet the Exonerees

Willie Nesmith

State: Pennsylvania
Date of Birth: 1963
Incident Date: May-82
Age at Arrest: 19
Conviction Date: 1982
Age When Exonerated: 37
Exonerated Date: 2000
Time Served: 18
Conviction: Rape
False Confession: No

Case Details

Willie Nesmith was convicted in 1982, when he was only nineteen years old, for the rape of a Dickinson College student and sentenced to nine to twenty-five years in prison. Two eyewitnesses mistakenly identified him as being near the scene of the crime. His first trial resulted in a hung jury, but he was found guilty at the second trial. In 2000, after eighteen years he was released when DNA evidence was tested and he was excluded as the perpetrator.