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TU’s Ohio Innocence Project chapter to host Richard Horton, Janette Horton, and Pierce Reed




Tiffin University

Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin University’s undergraduate chapter of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP-u: TU) will host a virtual presentation featuring Richard Horton and his wife, Janette, on Wednesday, March 22 at 8 p.m.

Pierce Reed, Director of Policy and Engagement for the Ohio Innocence Project, will moderate the conversation. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Osceola Theatre.

Horton was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 23 years in prison for a home invasion and robbery in Columbus, as well as for allegedly shooting a victim in the leg. However, after serving nearly 16 years, Horton was released from prison and granted a new trial thanks to the efforts of the Ohio Innocence Project and emerging DNA analysis technology. OIP believes this to be the first instance where such evidence has led to the reversal of a conviction.

During the virtual presentation, Horton will discuss his experience while incarcerated as well as his time spent working with the Ohio Innocence Project. Janette will also speak about the ripple effects such cases have on those close to the accused.

The Ohio Innocence Project, the state’s only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to freeing the wrongfully imprisoned and to the reformation of a justice system that would allow wrongful convictions to occur, has led to the release of 40 wrongfully convicted Ohioans since their inception in 2003. Collectively, these individuals served more than 700 years behind bars.

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