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Betty Ann and Kenneth Waters

Kenneth Waters served 18 years in Massachusetts prisons for a crime he did not commit. DNA testing proved his innocence and in 2001, he was released from prison and exonerated. Sadly, six months after his release, Waters died in an accidental fall. He is pictured here with his sister Betty Anne. The brother and sister pair are the subject of the feature film "Conviction."

Kenneth Waters

Kenny Waters was the inmate at the center of the 2010 movie "Conviction." A film clip at the Innocence Project tells the true story behind the movie—in which Waters's sister Betty Anne gets her GED, then put herself through college and law school so that she could prove her brother innocence. 

Read a summary of Kenneth Waters’s case at the Innocence Project website.

News articles about the
Kenneth Waters case

“Judge: Firm Owes Nothing in Water’s Wrongful Conviction Case,” Lisa Redmond, October 21, 2011, Sentinel & Enterprise. 

“Ayer to Pay 3.4M for Unjust Conviction: DNA Test Freed Man After 18 Years in Jail,” Jonathon Saltzman, July 15, 2009, Boston Globe. 

“A Tragic End to Newly Won Freedom Fall Kills R.I. Man Cleared in Slaying,” Farah Stockman and Ellen Barry, September 20, 2001, The Boston Globe.

“Freed Man Won’t Face 2nd Trial,” Michele Kurtz, June 27, 2001, The Boston Globe. 

“Kenny Comes Home,” Julian Borgor, March 20, 2001, The Guardian.

“After 18 Years in Prison, ‘It’s great to be free’ Ex Inmate Savors the World Outside,” Farah Stockman and Mac Daniel, March 16, 2001, Boston Globe.

“Innocent Man Freed by a Sister’s Faith,” Jerry O’Brien, March 16, 2001, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Last page update: November 18, 2011


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