Judge OK's NY inmate-artist's release from murder sentence

22 Septembre, 2018, 15:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Valentino Dixon with one of his golf drawings

Then an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility, Dixon drew the attention of the magazine for the intricate colored-pencil drawings he made of golf courses. As Max Adler writes at the magazine, that's what's happened with the case of Valentino Dixon, though.

Articles in Golf Digest and elsewhere have drawn public attention to Dixon's case, as well as a documentary produced by Georgetown University students as part of a prison reform course last spring. Shots were fired. I grabbed the gun from under the bench, switched it to automatic, all the bullets shot out.

Scott is already serving a 25-year prison sentence for an unrelated attempted murder. "I dropped the gun and ran and it was over and done with".

Judge Susan Eagan let stand a count of criminal possession of a weapon against Dixon, and its 5- to 15-year sentence, which she said he had satisfied. Dixon provided the gun to Scott that was used to kill Torriano Jackson and injure two others.

"You are eligible for release today", the judge said, igniting applause and shouts from courtroom supporters.

Even in victory, Donald Thompson, one of Dixon's lawyers, bemoaned that it took his client's art catching the eye of Golf Digest to win freedom. "It's embarrassing for the legal system that for a long time the best presentation of the investigation was from a golf magazine".

An hour later, Mr Dixon was told he would be freed.

Thompson says Golf Digest's work eventually was eclipsed by the recent report filed by the Erie County district attorney's wrongful convictions unit, which is a new type of department popping up in various districts these days.

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He said: "Mr Dixon is innocent of the shooting and of the murder for what he was found guilty of, but Mr Dixon brought the gun to the fight. Don't be misguided in that at all", Flynn told reporters after the hearing, calling Dixon "an up-and-coming drug dealer in the city of Buffalo" at the time of the shooting.

Both men had driven together to the scene of the murder when fighting broke out, Scott said.

Dixon plans to keep drawing and volunteering to help other prisoners who might have also been wrongfully convicted.

'If you don't have any money in this system, it's hard to get justice because the system is not equipped or created to give a poor person a fair trial, ' he said. "The hard work is ahead of me".

Valentino Dixon has been released from prison.

Mr Dixon's daughter, Valentina, who was a baby when he was sent to prison, brought her 14-month-old twins, Ava and Levi, to meet him outside court. "I can't wait to get him a cellphone and teach him how to Snapchat".

Mr Dixon's mother, Barbara Dixon, said she was in shock after relying on her faith while fighting for his release.

The first thing Dixon did after leaving jail Wednesday was go to The Red Lobster with his mother, three daughters and three of his grandchildren.

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