For 25 years, Jonathan Fleming says he was 1,000 miles from the New York City shooting death of his friend. Despite having plane tickets, videos, and postcards from his Disney World vacation, Fleming was still convicted.
Finally prosecutors agree with Fleming, now 51, and a Brooklyn judge has dismissed the case.
The exoneration comes amid scrutiny of Brooklyn prosecutors’ process for reviewing questionable convictions. The new district attorney, Kenneth Thompson, said in a statement he decided to drop the case against Fleming because of “key alibi facts that place Fleming in Florida at the time of the murder.”
Plus a key witness recanted her testimony that she saw Fleming pull the trigger, saying she lied so police would let her go for an unrelated arrest.
“I knew he didn’t do it because I was there [in Orlando],” says his mother Patricia Fleming, 71. “When they gave my son 25 to life, I thought I would die in that courtroom.
Fleming left court embracing his mom.
“I’m going to go eat dinner with my mother and my family, and I’m going to live the rest of my life.”