Case History
The Crime

Benjamin LaGuer lived in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has been convicted of a heinous crime he did not commit. On July 13, 1983, someone beat, raped and left Lennice Plante hogtied in her own apartment.

The Arrest

On July 15, 1983, at 1:40 PM, two days after the crime was committed, Benjamin LaGuer was arrested and charged with the aggravated rape of Lennice Plante.

The Indictment

On August 2, 1983 Benjamin LaGuer was indicted, by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the beating and rape of Lennice Plante.

The Trial

In January 1984 Benjamin LaGuer was found guilty, by a panel of twelve white male jurors, for the beating and raping of Lennice Plante.

The Sentence

In February 1984 Benjamin LaGuer was sentenced to life imprisonment, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

The Appeal

In January 2007 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard the latest in a series of appeals Benjamin LaGuer has filed based on irregularities in the trial ranging from juror misconduct to faulty forensics to illegally withheld exculpatory evidence. The SJC denied this appeal in a ruling in March 2007.

What remains

There are still avenues being pursued to free Ben from his wrongful conviction.

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