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Another OIP Victory: Roger Dean Gillispie Released After 20 Years in Prison


Last week the OIP team was present to welcome home Roger Dean Gillispie from prison just in time for the holidays. Gillispie spent 20 years in prison after being convicted of three rapes in 1988. He was sentenced to 22-56 years in prison. For current and former OIP fellows this case was particularly special as it has the distinction of being the very first case the Ohio Innocence Project took on. On December 15, 2011 a federal judge in Dayton, OH threw out the conviction and on December 22 Gillispie was released.
Students who worked on the case over the years include current students: Caitlin Brown ’13, Chelsea Brint ’13, Megan Collard ’12, and Lindsey Fleissner ’12.
Some of the former fellows who worked on this case include:  Mike Cappell ’05, Ashley Couch ’09, Miranda Hamrick ’09, Ryan Houston '11, Gerri Jones ’06, Melissa Laugle ’10, Jeanette McClellan ‘06, Darryl Osuch ‘11, Amanda Smith ‘10 and Kelly Schukart ’05, and Katie Stanberry ’06.

View the video of his release here: Gillispie release

View the video of Gillispie’s mother’s reaction to the news of impending release: Mother’s reaction