Ten years ago today, on May 23, 2006, Innocence Project client Orlando Boquete was exonerated when his conviction for attempted sexual battery and burglary was vacated. DNA testing on the victim’s clothing proved that he was not the man who committed the crime.
Last week, Orlando was in New York visiting from Fort Meyers, Florida, where he lives. While in town, he decided that he was going to run the Brooklyn Half, a 13-mile race on May 21. So, on Saturday, with no advanced formal training, Boquete took to the streets of Brooklyn with more than 27,000 other runners and completed the race in two hours and fifteen minutes. Below, see photos and watch a heart-lifting video of Boquete as he reached the finish line in Coney Island.
The extraordinary Orlando Boquete in the home stretch of #airbnbBKhalf! 🏃🏿 pic.twitter.com/0sB75rGRt9
— Innocence Project (@innocence) May 21, 2016
Muchos besos, mi amigo! Tenemos que disfrutar la vida otra vez!