News 05.25.18

See These Emotional Photos of John Kunco’s First Moments of Freedom in 28 Years!

By Innocence Staff

John Kunco speaks to press after his release from prison on May 23. Photo by Jeff Swensen.

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, a court in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania vacated the 1991 rape conviction of John Kunco after he wrongly served 28 years in prison. Kunco’s conviction was vacated based on new DNA evidence proving his innocence and evidence that Kunco had a corroborated alibi showing his whereabouts at the exact time of the crime. Read the full press release here.

All photos by Jeff Swensen.

Kunco walks out of prison after being wrongly incarcerated for 28 years for a crime he didn’t commit.

Kunco’s family and legal team excitedly await his release.

Kunco with his daughter, Lauren Kunco. Lauren was six months old when her father was wrongfully convicted. She last saw him when she was five.

Kunco with his niece, Tricia Kunco.

Kunco hugs one of his attorneys, Karen Thompson, who is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Innocence Project.

Kunco enjoys his first meal out of prison with his family and legal team at TGI Friday’s.

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