Robert Veal Struggles to Clear Record, Even After Freed
After serving 10 years in prison for a crime he has been cleared of, Robert Veal found out Friday there are still more roadblocks in the way to getting his conviction off his record.
Veal and four other men were convicted of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Dixmoor in 1991, but last month the government exonerated all of them after DNA testing linked a serial rapist to the crime. He was in court Friday trying to have a judge clear his record.
Three of the men, Robert Taylor, James Harden and Jonathan Barr, were serving life sentences when they were released last month.
Though the three have had the convictions erased from their records, Veal was not able to because he confessed to the crime. He has a severe learning disability and confessed falsely for the crime, testifying against the other defendants for a lesser sentence in the case.
The government moved to have all five sentences overturned, but the motion was denied for Veal and the fifth man, Shianne Sharp, who were released from prison after serving their lesser sentences.