John Bunn, wrongfully jailed at 14

“When I was 14 years old, I was wrongfully accused and conviced of
a crime I had no knowledge of, I had nothin’ to do with.”

The story of being brought in for a lineup and being chosen by a single eyewitness.
Despite age, skin colour and body size clearly did not match the offender’s details!

14 year old John Bunn was framed for the killing of Rolando Neischer

by a corrupt former New York City detective

Louis Scarcella and spend 17 years wrongfully in jail.

It happened at 4 in the morning,

he was sleeping at home when it happened.

John Bunn was arrested at the age of 14 in 1991.

He was accused of murder and spent more than 16 years in prison before new evidence emerged,

leading to his exoneration in 2006.

The case highlighted issues of wrongful convictions and the need for criminal justice reform.

John Bunn is known for the following key points:

  1. Wrongful Conviction: John Bunn was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1991 when he was just 14 years old. He and a friend, Rosean Hargrave, were accused of killing an off-duty correction officer in Brooklyn, New York.

  2. Arrest and Trial: Bunn’s conviction was based on questionable evidence, including a coerced confession that he maintained was forced by the police. Despite the lack of physical evidence tying him to the crime, he was found guilty and sentenced to prison.

  3. Release from Prison: In 2006, after spending 17 years in prison, John Bunn was exonerated and released from jail. His case drew attention from advocacy groups and the public due to concerns about the reliability of the evidence used to convict him.

  4. Involvement in Criminal Justice Reform: Following his release, Bunn became an advocate for criminal justice reform. He has been vocal about issues related to wrongful convictions, police misconduct, and the need for changes in the justice system.

  5. Focus on Helping Youth: Bunn has particularly focused on helping young people who have experienced similar situations to his own. He has worked to support and mentor at-risk youth and to raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who were wrongfully convicted.

  6. Philanthropy and Activism: John Bunn has been involved in various philanthropic efforts and activism related to criminal justice reform. He has shared his story in interviews, speeches, and public appearances to raise awareness about the flaws in the justice system.

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1 At 14, he was convicted of a murder he didn’t commit

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John Bunn was exonerated after 27 years of fighting for his freedom. He says the power of reading saved him. Now, he’s building libraries in prisons.

2 JOHN BUNN x I AIN’T MAD (official video)

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John Bunn was brought to tears as he finally received justice and was freed 17 years after being framed by police and convicted of murder. New York Daily News

“They won’t admit I’m an innocent man,” 41-year-old Bunn said in a Brooklyn courtroom, flanked by his attorneys.

“Y’all had the wrong man this whole time and you have [someone] out there running free and y’all had no right to do what you did.”

Evidence showed that Bunn, who was 14 at the time, and another man were framed for the killing of Rolando Neischer by a corrupt former New York City detective Louis Scarcella. Bunn was only 14-years-old when he was convicted and jailed, reports NY Daily News.

Bunn was convicted in an August 1991 killing, largely based on evidence planted by Scarcella. He lawyers always maintained that he was framed.

“There were problems with this case that were very obvious,” said defense lawyer Glenn Garber. “There was no probable cause to make an arrest.”

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson, who overturned the conviction based on the evidence, was overwhelmed with emotion herself because of the circumstances that led to Bunn being jailed at such a young age.

John Bunn cries after being exonerated by Supreme Court Justice Shawn’Dya Simpson for murder he didn’t commit 17 years ago
New York Daily News

“I am more than emotional about this day,” said Simpson. “You were 14 at the time. This shouldn’t have ever happened.”

Simpson said the legal process failed him.

“This case was tried . . ., a jury was picked, testimony was given and it concluded all in one day,” said Simpson. “I don’t consider that justice at all.”

Bunn is optimistic about his future ahead.

“I don’t know how I made it this far, but I believe I am here for a purpose,” said Bunn.

“I just want to be proven innocent. . . . I didn’t want to be in the dark side of the shadows they (the prosecutors) tried to put me,” said Bunn.

“Move forward,” the Judge Simpson told Bunn. “Keep me posted.”


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8 jun 2018


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18 jun 2018

5 John Bunn Talks About His Exoneration After A 17-Year Sentence For A Crime He Didn’t Commit

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6 Man wrongly jailed for murder as teen in 1991 is exonerated

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Gepubliceerd op 15 mei 2018

He was just 14 when he was wrongly arrested for the murder of an off-duty corrections officer and now, 27 years later, the Brooklyn man cried as he wasexonerated in court Tuesday morning. John Bunn always maintained his innocence in the Crown 1991 Crown Heights shooting death ofRolando Neischer and the attempted murder of Robert Crosson.He served 17 years in prison and was paroled in 2009, but he kept up the fight to clear his name.

7 The emotional moment a man gets his life back

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After nearly three decades behind bars, a judge threw out John Bunn’s 1992 conviction.

8 – 27 Years Wrongfully Convicted: The John Bunn Story

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16 sep 2022 #crime #justice #wrongfullyconvicted

In 1991, John Bunn was convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit. He spent 17 years in prison and 27 years fighting for his innocence. Despite the trauma that he had to go through, after being exonerated, John has devoted his time to help his community and wants to spend the rest of his life encouraging inmates to read.

He founded ‘A Voice 4 the Unheard’, an NGO in Brooklyn, New York centered around literacy and urban youth:

John Bunn, 14, right, and Rosean Hargrove, 17, arrested at the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn in August 1991. NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella (open jacket and loose tie) holds Bunn. – Dan Godfrey/New York Daily News/Getty Images

It is a red flag: Detective Louis Scarcella was investigtated for 46 of his cases.

9 For The Culture Ep. 5: “Life After Exoneration” with John Bunn Hosted by Mysonne #BreakfastClub

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2 aug 2018

For The Culture Ep.5: “Life After Exoneration” with John Bunn Hosted by Mysonne

In the 5th episode of Mysonne’s show “For The Culture” he sits down with recently exonerated now activist John Bunn. John Bunn has a triumphant story where he was wrongfully charged and convicted for a crime he never committed in Brooklyn, New York. That wrongful conviction would have him fight for 27 years, 17 that were served in prison. The strength and faith he shows in this episode shows how much sheer-will he had during that time. He also shares the work he’s doing in the community to create change and improvement. Mysonne and John have similar stories so this is a powerful show you don’t want to miss!

10 He Was Wrongfully Convicted for 17 Years, Now He’s Helping Others be Heard

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Fourteen-years old and illiterate, John Bunn was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. By the time he was 17, John had completed his GED and was reading anything he could get his hands on. Now 41, John is finally free—after nearly two decades in prison and ten years on parole—and committed to sharing the power of literacy with those who need it most. Through his organization, A Voice 4 the Unheard, he’s collected over 80,000 books to build out libraries at Rikers Island, youth detention centers and beyond.

11 Exonerated – John Bunn, Wrongfully Incarcerated At 14 Years Old And Spent 17 Years Behind Bars

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5 mei 2021 #Exonerated

John Bunn was charged and convicted of murdering an off-duty correction officer and spent 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In this interview he talks his arrest, surviving prison and sexual assault behind bars.

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12 Louis Scarcella Back On Stand In Another Wrongful Conviction Murder Case

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Former NYPD detective Louis Scarcella came to the witness stand Friday in a hearing for Nelson Cruz, a man incarcerated for 21 years ago for the 1998 murder of Trevor Vieira in East New York. CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports.

13 John Bunn tells his story on how he was wrongfully convinced

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John Bunn was accused of a murder he did not do, he tells his story of what happened on the day he was arrested 😐 and why the police 🚨👮 arrested him, John Bunn took a high school diploma in prison and he graduated, now he is selling books to immates 📚 plus having a better life 😉

14 John Bunn – Inspired by Reading

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14 feb 2019

15 WCoY Series :The Extraordinary Spirit Of John Bunn- Convicted At 14

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17 Exoneration of John Bunn, Bier Wax and Brooklyn Phono | 112BK’s 100th Episode!

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John Bunn spent 14 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Along with his lawyer Rebecca Freedman, he shares his story of being brought in for a lineup and being chosen by a single eyewitness. He also tells us about his organization, Voice 4 the Unheard.

18 John Bunn “A Voice 4the Unheard”

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23 jul 2019

A Voice 4 the Unheard

Is a movement focusing on today’s at risk youth, ages 19 and younger. Our Mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens through reinforcing the importance of education and strongly emphasizing positive lifestyle choices. Our goal is to provide the youth with essential life skills that will allow them to handle issues as such; Peer Pressure, Bullying, Racism, Police Brutality and Wrongful Convictions.
I plan to share my own personal life journey, in hopes of reaching at least one youth to show them that you can overcome adversity! At 14 years old, my life was ripped away from me. I was charged with 2nd degree Murder for the death of Rolando Neischer, New York City Correction Officer. I was taken away from my family and friends for a crime I did not commit. I spent 15 years in prison, always maintained my innocence!
In 2016, My conviction was overturned for the 1992 crime in which I was wrongfully convicted of. Today, I am stronger, wiser and more determined than ever to push forward. I hope that my story will inspire youth all over the world to never give in to adversity. To show all that no matter the obstacles set before you, you must remain positive and continue to strive for Greatness and Change! Whenever faced with adversity always remember Mr. Bunn’s story, I’m a living testament that over-coming the odds is possible.

It is unbelievable, there was no case against John Bunn,

his records did not fit the case in the slightest,

almost nothing had been investigated and

it was a particularly short trial that took just 1 day.

19 – 4 Reactions of INNOCENT Suspects SET FREE

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18 jan 2023

Innocent people’s reactions to getting exonerated after spending many years in prison for someone else’s crime

In Court

Number 4 – John Bunn
When many people think of the legal system, they probably think of justice. But the justice system isn’t as straightforward as it ideally should be. Since 1973, at least 340 innocent people have been executed. A 2014 study estimates that 4% of inmates on death row might be wrongfully convicted.

Wrongful convictions ruin peoples’ lives. John Bunn lost almost three decades of his life when he was arrested for homicide at age 14. His story chronicles the tragic results of an irresponsible trial and an inefficient justice system. Learn the story of John Bunn, how he struggled, and how he recovered.

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This video is not legal advice. This video is for entertainment purposes only.

20 Opinion | The plea bargain trap

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Imagine you’re a public defender in a criminal justice system that penalizes people who want their day in court.

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21 John Bunn spent 17 years in jail for a murder he didn’t committ

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22 Patreon Exclusive | Pressure Makes Diamonds feat. John Bunn | The Joe Budden Podcast

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10 mei 2022 Patreon Exclusives | The Joe Budden Podcast

On this Patreon episode, Joe welcomes a very special guest, John Bunn. John opens up about his rocky childhood. Details his unjust arrest and conviction for homicide. John details his time in prison, how he adapted to life outside of prison, and his exoneration. John also talks about his efforts to share his story and wisdom for the youth through his organization “A Voice 4 The Unheard” + more!

23 The Innocence Project: The Disgraced Cop

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24 The System – Prosecutorial Misconduct

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The System examines two cases where prosecutorial misconduct may have led to wrongful imprisonment.

25 Man wrongfully convicted of murder files $125 million lawsuit

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A man who was freed after it was determined he was framed for murder by two Detroit police officers is suing the officers and the department for $125 million.

A clear case of faking the evidence.

26 Exoneree sues Detroit Police after 16 years in prison

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Kenneth Nixon is 37 years old – but spent almost half of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, with a lawsuit filed against the officers involved in his conviction, he hopes to change the way prosecutions are undertaken.

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