Briella TomassettiSep 13, 2018, 10:59 pmSep 14, 2018, 6:26 pm

Attempted murder conviction of Hempstead man vacated by judge

Josiah Galloway is now free after his 2009 conviction was overturned when a judge determined he was innocent of the crime

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MINEOLA - In 2008, Josiah Galloway charged with attempted murder allegedly driving up to a cab in Hempstead and firing a shot at the driver's face. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in November 2009, but on Thursday, he walked out of court a free man after the conviction was overturned.

Galloway appeared before acting Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan on Thursday afternoon after an anonymous person came forward to the district attorney's office in July with new information about the case, claiming another man was actually responsible for the crime. The district attorney's office investigated those new allegations, re-interviewed witnesses and ultimately determined Galloway was, in fact, innocent.

"It just emphasizes how misidentification is one of the greatest problems with the criminal justice system," Galloway's attorney, Joseph Defelice, said.

The man officials believe to be responsible for the crime is currently serving a prison sentence for another, unrelated conviction, but due to the statute of limitations, cannot be prosecuted.

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