Friday, 7 August 2009

3 Pardoned Ex-sailors Released From Prison

Daniel Williams

Three ex-sailors who received conditional pardons for rape and murder have been released from custody.

Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says Derek Tice and Danial Williams were released from Sussex I State Prison Thursday evening. Joseph Dick was released on Friday.

The three — who along with Eric Wilson were known as the Norfolk Four — spent nearly a decade in prison after confessing to the rape and murder of 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko in 1997. They later claimed they were innocent and that their confessions were coerced.

Gov. Tim Kaine granted the three released men conditional pardons Thursday. Though free, the crime remains on their records.

Wilson spent 8½ years in prison for Moore-Bosko's rape and was released in 2005.


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