While most have heard of the Central Park Five, few know that six teenage boys were actually convicted in connection to the crime.
Steven Lopez, now 48, pleaded guilty when he was just a teenager to a lesser crime of robbing a male jogger, the New York Post reported. On Monday, he was officially exonerated after the Manhattan district attorney’s office filed a motion to vacate Lopez’s conviction.
“Mr. Lopez was charged and pleaded guilty in the face of false statements, unreliable forensic analysis and immense external pressure,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg told the courtroom on Monday, according to the Post.
Bragg said that after re-investigating Lopez’s case, authorities determined he had “involuntarily” pleaded guilty when he made a deal with prosecutors. The re-investigation began in March 2021,