DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An attorney said the court’s official statement this week that an Ohio man was unjustly jailed for two decades paved the way for him to move on with a lawsuit seeking damages. often millions of dollars.
An attorney for Roger Dean Gillispie, of Fairborn, said the Montgomery County judge’s declaration of his wrongful detention allowed them to bring a case against the state in the Ohio Court of Appeals.
But Gillispie says money “can’t repair the lost time” or the “mental anguish” he’s been through.
Gillispie was convicted of multiple rapes but maintained her innocence. He argued that there were police reports that somehow went missing containing information that could help disqualify him as a suspect.
He was released after a court found him convicted in 2011. Since then, he has been an advocate for the Ohio Innocence Project.
Gillispie was read his rights on Thursday as a wrongdoer by a judge who told him the statement hopes to mark “the next and final chapter of this nightmare that has been your life for the past 30 years.”
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