Roosevelt Glenn spent 17 years wrongly imprisoned for a 1992 rape conviction earlier than being launched in 2009.
His ordeal was the topic of an episode of CBS’ “48 Hours” program earlier this yr, and he mentioned Tuesday that he desires to work to unfold his story even additional.
Glenn has been an worker of the Gary Public Works Division and for the previous yr has dealt with upkeep at Metropolis Corridor. He desires to make sure extra persons are conscious that he spent a prolonged portion of his life in jail for a criminal offense he didn’t commit.
His conviction was vacated earlier this yr, courtroom data present.
“I want to assist someone else perceive how I needed to undergo for one thing I did not do,” Glenn, 56, mentioned throughout an look earlier than the Gary Frequent Council.
He mentioned he desires to make public appearances in lots of communities to speak about his ordeal and hopes he might make his first appearances in Gary.
“I’ve not been capable of converse in my very own metropolis,” Glenn mentioned. “That is my very own yard.”
Council President Ronald Brewer mentioned he is greater than prepared to present Glenn a discussion board to talk, including that he hopes to schedule his look as a part of a Frequent Council assembly to be held someday in January.
“I would moderately you inform your story right here (in Gary) moderately than some place else,” Brewer mentioned to Glenn.
The “48 Hours” section shall be rebroadcast at 9 p.m Saturday, however Glenn feels the necessity to give it the private contact to make sure his story turns into extra broadly identified. Glenn detailed his life in “Harmless Nightmare,” which he wrote throughout the 17 years he served in jail for the 35-year sentence he acquired in 1993 after being convicted of the rape of a girl in Hammond.
Glenn went on trial in 1992, and that case resulted in a mistrial. A second trial a yr later resulted in a responsible verdict for rape however an acquittal for theft. Whereas Glenn was being held in a county jail awaiting trial, two fellow inmates claimed he admitted to the crime. Their testimony was used as proof towards him.
However in 2000, the wrongful conviction clinic at Indiana College legislation faculty reopened the case and located DNA proof indicating that Glenn’s DNA didn’t match up with strands of hair that had been used as proof in his trial.
In 2015, two main and two minor genotypes present in a jacket and sweater that have been a part of the proof didn’t match with Glenn. Glenn had been launched from jail on parole in 2009. His conviction was vacated Jan. 30 by Lake County Decide T. Edward Web page.
Council member Mary Brown, D-Third, mentioned she has come to know Glenn, each by studying his e book and by assembly him at Metropolis Corridor. She mentioned she believes he units an instance for individuals in overcoming struggles of their lives.
“I’m so proud that he works right here,” she mentioned.
Glenn is grateful to have metropolis employment, saying, “I am glad to have a job.”
Gregory Tejeda is a contract reporter for the Submit-Tribune.