Ohio man is awarded $45 million after he was wrongfully jailed for 20 years for kidnapping and raping three women, including a set of 22-year-old twins

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An Ohio man wrongfully imprisoned for kidnapping and raping three women in the 1980s – including twin sisters – has been awarded nearly $50 million by a jury.

Roger ‘Dean’ Gillispie, 57, was convicted of the 1991 rape and kidnapping of 22-year-old twin sisters and a third woman in Miami and Harris Township.

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On Monday, a Montgomery County jury found that a Miami Township detective suppressed evidence, leading to Gillespie’s conviction, and awarded him $45 million, the largest settlement in Ohio history.

Gillespie said, ‘This verdict has proved my point from day one that I am innocent Told Outside the Dayton Courthouse on Monday after being awarded a large sum of money.

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Roger ‘Dean’ Gillespie, 57, was convicted in 1991 for the rape and kidnapping of three women.

In 2011, Gillespie had his conviction overturned after requesting a new trial three years earlier.

He and his lawyers argued that new evidence pointed to another suspect and accused police of suppressing evidence.

During his prison sentence, he maintained his innocence.

On Monday, after Gillespie received a $45 million settlement, he filed a petition to change the “system” that had wrongly convicted him.

“I’m one of 3,199 people who have had this happen in the United States and have served more than 28,000 years in prison for crimes we didn’t commit,” Gillispie said.

‘And it has to stop. This system has to be fixed…to prevent this from happening.’

After Gillespie was awarded a $45 million settlement, he pleaded to change the 'system' that had wrongfully convicted him.

After Gillespie was awarded a $45 million settlement, he pleaded to change the ‘system’ that had wrongfully convicted him.

In 2021, after being officially declared ‘wrongfully imprisoned’ he spoke before a judge and thanked those who had stood by him over the years.

Gillespie said in 2021, ‘I want to thank my family and friends, my mentors, the Ohio Innocence Project and many others for their faith in me and my dedication to seeking the truth over the past 31 years.’

Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Susan Soule said she could not “imagine” the past 30 years for a man who was wrongly convicted.

“Hopefully today will take you to the next and final chapter of this nightmare that has been your life for the last 30 years and the next part will be much easier and much faster,” Judge said.

After being awarded the largest amount in Ohio settlement history, Gillespie said,

‘The system has to be fixed … to prevent this from happening,’ Gillespie said after being awarded the largest amount in Ohio settlement history

During that 2021 court session, Gillispie said there was not enough money in the world to make up for lost time.

Gillespie said, ‘Not enough, if they said $5 billion, nobody’s going to take $5 billion for 31 years, but they don’t know if they’ll get out.’

No one is taking it. Money is irrelevant. It’s about showing that we were right. The money is just for me to survive and help my family – my family is in debt from this…’

‘Money doesn’t fix me, it doesn’t fix lost time. It doesn’t cure the mental anguish and PTSD that I got from it. It does nothing for it.’

Evidence presented at a recent trial revealed that a police detective had created an improper lineup and falsely claimed that a witness had identified Gillespie.

The detective also failed to uncover receipts that showed the Ohio man was in Kentucky on a camping trip at the time of the crimes.

On August 20, 1988, 22-year-old twin sisters were abducted by a man after they got into their car after shopping in Dayton. national registry of acquittals,

The man demanded to see her purse and told her that his name was Roger and that he was a store security guard.

The unidentified man, who was wearing sunglasses, pointed a chrome gun at the twins, ordered them to drive to a wooded area, and then exposed himself, fondled their breasts, and forced them to perform oral sex. ordered.

During his 20-year prison term, Gillispie maintained his innocence until he was eventually awarded a new trial and then granted a motion to dismiss in 2015.

During his 20-year prison term, Gillispie maintained his innocence until he was eventually awarded a new trial and then his motion to dismiss was granted in 2015.

He then blindfolded them and took them back to the shop where he kidnapped them and took money from their purses.

Another woman later came forward and told police she had a similar experience with a man who had abducted her earlier that month.

The 28-year-old woman said a man wearing sunglasses pointed a chrome gun at her and got into her car when she left the store at a different shopping center.

The woman also said that the man identified himself as ‘Roger’ and said that he was a security guard.

He ordered her to go to the parking lot of what turned out to be an empty building, fondled her breasts and forced her to perform oral sex.

Composite sketches of the suspect in both crimes were released to the public and after a year-long investigation, a former co-worker of Gillispie’s came forward with a photo of the man, claiming she believed it to be him at the time. was a 24-year-old man. sketch.

In June 1990, Detective Scott Moore used Gillespie’s photograph in a lineup shown to the victims, and all three women identified Gillespie as their assailant.

The defense later argued that the lineup was ‘falsely suggestive’ because it was the only one with a yellow background, the only one with a close-up shot, and the only photo with a matte finish.

The man was interviewed by detectives but denied any knowledge of the attacks.

A search of the man’s home turned up no incriminating evidence, including sunglasses, a chrome gun, or a medallion that the victims said their assailant wore.

The man was convicted in June 1991 after a jury initially voted 8-4 to acquit him.

He was sentenced to 28 to 56 years in prison.

Several petitions to appeal were denied before he was finally granted a habeas corpus plea in December 2011 and released on bond.

In 2012, he was officially given a new trial. After more than three years, a A Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas judge approved the motion to dismiss filed by Gillispie and his legal team.

Ohio man is awarded $45 million after he was wrongfully jailed for 20 years for kidnapping and raping three women, including a set of 22-year-old twins

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