“I want my case dismissed. I’m not pleading guilty for something I did not do.”
A 17-year-old from the Bronx with a full scholarship to college has chosen to stay behind bars, instead of taking a plea deal that would have freed him immediately, so that he can clear his name.
According to WPIX 11 report above, Pedro Hernandez was in the news last year after he was beaten by a correction officer while housed in a detention center. Officer David Terrell, who had Hernandez put in the detention center, is currently being investigated on charges of corruption for allegedly forcing witnesses to say Hernandez was guilty of a shooting. Even the victim of that shooting has told reporters that Hernandez was not the person that shot him, but attorneys are not budging on the case.
The same officer was caught on video “gambling” for someone else’s freedom.
According to video and witnesses, Terrell played a dice game while on duty “for the freedom” of someone arrested in the back of his squad car. Officer Terrell has been stripped of his badge and gun pending investigations.
Hernandez has been an exemplary inmate and student, earning his GED, being awarded certificates for leadership and even being awarded a scholarship through Posse, a non-profit that partners with schools to get students scholarships and educational opportunities. The scholarship awarded to Hernandez, according to the family’s crowdfunding page, won’t be granted unless he’s out of jail by September 1st to accept it. At his hearing yesterday, Hernandez’s trial was pushed back until after Labor Day — way after the scholarship deadline.
Update (7/27/17): After raising over $100,000 from a crowdfunding page set up by his family and with interest coming in from all over the world, the judge in the case has reduced the amount of bail needed for Hernandez to be released and as of Thursday his release has been set in motion. In an interview with NY Daily News, Hernandez’s mother said “Justice is being served. Still not fully there, but justice is being served.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 26, 2017
[H/T] NBC4 News