Innocent man released from GB Correctional Institution

Daryl Holloway (right) is released from Green Bay Correctional Institution in Allouez, Oct. 5, 2016, after being exonerated of a sexual assault for which he spent 24 years in prison. Keith Findley, left, is co-director of the UW Innocence Project that helped in seeking Holloway's release. (WLUK/Mark Leland)

ALLOUEZ (WLUK) -- A Milwaukee man convicted in 1993 for the sexual assault of a woman walked out of the Green Bay Correctional Institution in Allouez a free man Wednesday, after having all charges against him dismissed.

Daryl Dwayne Holloway was freed after the Wisconsin Innocence Project took his case to overturn his wrongful conviction. Several members of the WIP were on hand Wednesday morning to greet Holloway, who served 24 years of his 120-year sentence.

Milwaukee County Judge Thomas McAdams signed an order vacating the conviction and sentence Tuesday. The action came following new DNA testing that ruled out Holloway and the victim's husband, indicating a third unknown man is responsible.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office worked with the WIP to conduct new DNA tests.

"And they went back and looked and they found there was in fact an error in some previous DNA testing that raised a question whether the results they were getting were reliable," said Keith Findley, co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Holloway said he never gave up hope while in prison, and urges those in the justice system to make sure they have the correct evidence when moving forward with a case.

"Me? I've been victimized, everybody's been victimized. We need to start looking at the evidence for what it is," said Holloway moments after his release.

Holloway has been working on his own case for freedom since day 1, and offered a message to prosecutors everywhere.

"Make better choices before convicting people. Make sure you got the right evidence because when you do this people lose, everybody lose," said Holloway.

For the law students and lawyers with the Innocence Project, this case took three years to get justice - a result they say was quicker than most cases.

"It was one of the best days of my life to be able to make an impact on someone as good of a guy as Dwayne," said second-year University of Wisconsin law student Rachel Potter.

As for Holloway, He doesn't blame the victims in the case. But at the age of 48, Wisconsin is a different place after losing half his life in prison.

"I'm kind of scared because I don't know what to expect now. This is a new world for me," said Holloway.

The Wisconsin Innocence Project is currently looking at about 50 cases involving prisoners who may have been wrongfully convicted. But on this day they're celebrating a victory.

As for Dwayne Holloway, he said the first thing he wants as a free man is to eat a steak. Members of the Innocence Project planned to take him to lunch and shopping for new clothes.

Holloway can file a claim for restitution for his time wrongfully convicted behind bars. Current law allows for $5,000 a year for a maximum of $25,000. Legislation that would have boosted the amounts to $50,000 a month for a maximum of $1 million passed the Assembly but was not voted on in the State Senate.

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