After 14 years behind bars, a Far Rockaway man literally jumped for joy yesterday after he was released on $150,000 bail posted by an investigator who found evidence to overturn his conviction.
Kareem Bellamy stepped out of Queens Supreme Court to the open arms of relatives and cheers from his relentless law team, which spent nearly four years working to get him freed.
'WRONG MAN' FREED AFTER 14 YRS.
Bellamy was 28 when a jury found him guilty of the 1994 stabbing of James Abbott Jr. The following year, he was sentenced to 25 years to life.
One of the two investigators who uncovered the evidence that got his conviction overturned posted bail by putting up his condominium.
"It's the right thing to do," said former FBI Agent Joseph O'Brien. "I put a lot of bad guys in jail. It's time I use my skills to get an innocent one out. It wasn't a matter of money - it's a matter of justice."
O'Brien and former NYPD Detective Eddie Henson scoured Far Rockaway for months while reinvestigating the case, and acquired a recording of another man confessing to the brutal stabbing.
Bellamy has turned down a deal to plead guilty to manslaughter and be sentenced to time served.
So...this guy spent the prime of his life behind bars for something he was wrongfully prosecuted for, and DA Brown has the balls to ask him to plead guilty anyway? Don't want to admit you fucked up big time on this one, eh?