Golf Magazine Helps Overturn Wrongful Conviction
Article from Daily Caller by Nick Givas.
Writers for Golf Digest magazine put on their investigative reporter hats and helped free a man who had been wrongly convicted of murder, after he’d already served 19 years in prison.
Valentino Dixon, who was released Wednesday, was sentenced to 39 years to life in prison for a gunfight that took place on the streets of Buffalo, New York, in 1991, according to The New York Times. Dixon was 21 years old at the time and was found guilty in 1992 of murdering 17-year-old Torriano Jackson.
CNN’s John Avlon said Friday Dixon was an avid drawer of all things golf while in prison, after the warden asked him to draw a picture of a hole at Augusta National in Georgia. Dixon became acquainted with some of Golf Digest’s staff as he continued to draw golf related images and they decided to dig deeper into his case.
“Dixon became so good and so prolific that it eventually caught the attention of Golf Digest magazine, which profiled him back in 2012,” he added. “They noticed his work, but they also noticed something else. His conviction was about as flimsy as the prison sanctioned 6 by 8 inch paper his work was draw on … golf writers became investigative reporters. Then more media picked up the story.”
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