Friday, August 15, 2008

Queens man free after wrongful conviction

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.


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?


Anonymous said...

Is it me or does he look like Ediie Murphy?

Anonymous said...

Credit to the agent that released him by putting up his home.

Despite the failures of our country (caused entirely by our leadership from your local councilperson all the way up to 'W') this country remains strong because of its people.

Just like you Crappy!

Anonymous said...

I'm no fan of DA Brown, and think that it's time to go because no one person should have all that power for so long (another good argument for term limits) but have to admit that his office has a fairly good track record of dismissing indictments when they realize they have an innocent (and not just "not gulity") person on their hands.

Anonymous said...

Looks more like Charlie Murphy.

Anonymous said...

Poor guy looks like he's been through hell. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, really sad its a NYC moment that this happens too much.All the best to you.Why does it matter what he looks Like?????

Anonymous said...

Does he have a glass eye?