I am Raymond Santana, one of the Central Park 5. Ask Me Anything
Hi, my name is Raymond Santana. I and four other teenagers were wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in New York’s Central Park in 1989. The five of us, who have become known as the Central Park Five, didn't even know each other before we were arrested. We just happened to be out in the park the night of this horrible crime. I was incarcerated for six years and combined we spent more than 30 years in prison before we were exonerated in 2002. DNA evidence recovered from the victim was matched to Matias Reyes, a convicted murder and rapist, who has since admitted committing the crime. You can read more about the case here: http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Raymond_Santana.php Even after the Manhattan District Attorney exonerated us and Reyes confessed, the New York City Police Department continues to say we are guilty. But thanks to a documentary, The Central Park Five (http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-central-park-five), by Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon, the public has finally learned the truth. AMA.
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