Long Island man who has spent 33 years in prison for the murder and attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl has destroyed his sentence
- Keith Bush was only 17 when he was convicted in 1975 of murdering Sherese Watson
- Tragic Sherese was found dead after a house party at Bellport where they were both part of
- Bush, who had no criminal record and is now 62, was found guilty in April 1976
- He has always maintained his innocence but served 33 years in prison
- On lifelong release since his release, he is registered as a sex offender
- Suffolk DA's Conviction Integrity Bureau decided there was reason to believe that Bush was innocent and announced a legal request
- A judge congratulates Bush when he knew his name on Wednesday
- It is the longest running murder case that is evacuated in New York state history
A man from Long Island who was in jail for 33 years for the murder and attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl after a house party in 1975, had his judge overturned on Wednesday.
Keith Bush was only 17 years old when he was convicted of killing Sherese Watson, 14 years old, after a house party at Bellport where they were both part of.
Tragic Sherese was found terrified by someone who also tried to rap her, officials said. Her body did not stay far from the house party.
Bush, who had no criminal record, was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted sexual abuse in April 1976.
He served 32 years plus an extra year for a minor conditional offense at Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Sullivan County prior to his release in 2008.
But today, a judge has reversed his assassination attempt, making it the longest-running murder case to be evicted in New York history.
It followed a joint motion from the office of the public prosecutor and the Bush attorney to erase Bush's name.
Keith Bush spent 33 years in prison for the murder and attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl after a house party, but has always maintained his innocence
Bush, now 62, has always maintained his innocence and the office of district attorney Timothy D. Sini has announced that it supports the motion to destroy his conviction.
Registered as a level three sex offender and a lifelong parolee Bush requested that his case be viewed.
Keith Bush was only 17 years old when he was convicted of murdering Sherese Watson, 14, after a house party at Bellport where they were both part of
The Conviction Integrity Bureau of the Suffolk County District Attorney & # 39; s office discovered that there was a second suspect, John Jones, who was not disclosed to lawyers.
Prosecutors now say that the second suspect, who has since died, could be the real murderer.
A year after Watson's death, Jones was accused of rape in the third degree. He later stabbed a man and was arrested several times. He died in 2006.
A witness who said she had been to the party and saw Watson leaving with Bush also admitted that she was not at that party in 1980 and had lied.
Bush also says he was forced to submit his confession and that forensic evidence shows deviations.
He said the police beat and kicked him, adding that he had signed the confession without reading it, because he just wanted to have my mother & # 39 ;.
A DNA test in 2006 would have found that tissue under the fingernails of another man's victim.
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