News 03.19.12

Wrongfully Convicted Man Seeks Removal from the Sex Offender Registry

One of four Navy sailors, known as the “Norfolk Four,” who were wrongfully convicted of a 1997 rape and murder, is still fighting to have his name removed from the sex offender registry. DNA testing excluded Eric Wilson and his three co-defendants of the crime and identified the real perpetrator who has confessed and claims to have acted alone.

 

Then Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine freed Wilson’s co-defendants, granting them a conditional pardon in 2009. Wilson had already been released on parole. Later this week, Wilson’s attorneys will argue before a Virginia appeals court to relieve Wilson from the rigorous requirements of the sex offender registration list. The Associated Press reports:


“It’s been rough to say the least,” Wilson said in a telephone interview as he drove home from work in Jourdanton, Texas. “One of the biggest things is that I can’t adopt my son.”

 

He was speaking of his wife Misty’s 9-year-old child from a previous relationship. The couple also has a 4-year-old son.

 

Because he is on the registry, Wilson also cannot work on some jobs, including those that require a background check.

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  1. Ashani Knight says:

    Hello I’m also have a husband who was wrongly convicted last year in 2019 and poorly represented. The judge did not give him a fair case at all , he just automatically took the supposed to be victim side and didn’t give him a chance to explain his side.Also had an horrible public defender that just threw him under the bus, and let me just say this is a first time ever going through something like this ever , he never had a bad record. Now we’re just trying our best to get through each day, one step at a time and pray that their be better days and years to come.

  2. Mike Wilson says:

    Hello, that’s awesome for the four guy’s that were wrongfully convicted of rape & murder finally got there case overturned, i just got the paperwork from your website, i was wrongfully convicted of sex crime which i didn’t do, i even had an attorney in bay area look at my case and he took a week to look it all over and he told me in front of my wife an said there’s nothing in here thats sexual or that said otherwise an i told him i know, but he said it would take 20k to get it back in court and 2k a day in court, i didn’t have that kinda money heck i paid him 2500.00 thats all i had, it’s been hell living with this and being innocent, i desperately need your help, please
    Thank You
    Mike

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