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  • Writer's pictureMaggie Freleng

Episode 5: JJ Velazquez

From journalist Maggie Freleng and the Obsessed Network

In 1998, JJ was sentenced to life for the murder of a police officer in Harlem, New York. The twenty-one-year-old father had an alibi that day, yet was placed in a lineup and identified as the shooter despite the alibi disparity between the appearances and race of the witness descriptions and JJ. Since then, identifying witnesses have recanted their testimony that JJ was the shooter and there is no evidence placing JJ at the scene. In fact, new evidence points away from JJ. The real killer is still out there and JJ has been in prison for twenty-three years.

To learn more about the case and how you can help, visit:

*** Please e-mail Governor Cuomo and urge him to grant clemency for JJ using the contact form located here:

Sending a copy of your email to as well will also help support his case!

To write to JJ directly:

Jon-Adrian Velazquez 00A2303

Sing Sing Correctional Facility

354 Hunter Street

Ossining, NY 10562-5442

Watch the trailer below for "Conviction" - The Story of Jon-Adrian Velazquez on Dateline NBC. You can watch the full broadcast here.



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