dean-cageImagine if you were wrongfully incarcerated for a crime you didn’t commit. The time spent away from you family your friends, your job; all of the things that were a part of your everyday life. This was the life of Dean Cage while he sat in jail for 12 years for a crime he didn’t commit.

Cage has been sitting in jail since 1994 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. The victim described her attacker to the police, who in turn made a computerized sketch of the suspect. The police arrested Cage on an anonymous tip, although he did not match the description given to police by the girl, there was no physical evidence connecting Cage to the victim. Cage also had an alibi, but was still found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Throughout his stay in prison, Cage continually stated he was not guilty of this crime.

Dean’s case was picked up by The Innocence Project, an organization that investigates the cases of inmates who feel they were wrongfully accused. The Innocence Project prompted law enforcement to compare the Cage’s DNA to saliva found at the scene of the crime. The test cleared Cage of the crime, only after he had done 12 years in prison. He was finally released from prison in May of 2005. Cage was quoted saying “If you believe in something,  fight for it, the truth will come out in the end.” According to The Innocence Project’s website, Cage is the 29th individual in Illinois and the 217th person in the country to have been freed based on DNA evidence.

(Via The Innocence Project)

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