Few could blame Roger “Dean” Gillispie if he were angry.
He was in prison 20 years for raping and kidnapping three women in the Dayton area despite no physical evidence of his guilt.
That means Gillispie spent his 20s, 30s and most of his 40s “sleeping with one eye open” and defending himself in some of the Ohio’s toughest prisons.
>> From the archive: Gillispie case illustrates imperfect justice system
Exonerated with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, Gillispie now lives in his childhood bedroom. He never married and has no children. The dreams he was working towards as young man never materialized.
Despite it all, Gillispie says he is not wallowing in the past.
Instead, he is spreading awareness of wrongful convictions and the need for prison reform.
He told “What Had Happened Was” host Amelia Robinson how the legal battle and his long stint in prison impacted his life and the lives of his family members.
>> From the archive: Court rules Fairborn man cannot be re-tried in 1988 case
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