Actress Mia Farrow's younger brother, John Charles Villers-Farrow, entered an Alford plea to two counts of child abuse on Friday, effectively stopping his trial. Villers-Farrow, 66, was arrested in November following an investigation into allegations he molested two of his neighbors when they were young boys.
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The Paradise Lost Trilogy - beginning with the 1996 film Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, follows the trials of three teens who were accused of the murder and mutilation of three younger boys as part of a satanic ritual. The second film in the trilogy revisits the suspects four years later, and the third film, made in 2011, documents their release from prison after they were given an Alford Plea and their sentences were suspended.
IGNORING INNOCENCE The Wrongfully Convicted Forced Into Plea Deals Even after proving their innocence, defendants locked away for crimes they didn’t commit are sometimes told they have to plead guilty if they want to be released from prison. The coercive deal is known as an Alford plea, and it’s pushed by prosecutors who don’t want to admit mistakes.
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Watch on: Netflix UK, Canada, Mexico, and more"It's really interesting to hear the story and try to decide whether you think they’re guilty or not. Even better, there is a conclusive ending so you won't be left guessing! Really highlighted the Alford plea issues for me."Submitted by melissal85.
Scott Wilson Williams has never actually been convicted of a crime. He entered an Alford Plea which translates to "I'm not guilty but I know if we go to trial I'll be found guilty so let's just skip the trial and sentence me." (That was my crude translation) ... Williams murdered three women in North Carolina. Investigation found that the victims and Williams all knew each other. Williams also entered an Alford Plea regarding two other women but they were not killed.
Kelly Ann Ryan is an American former professional bodybuilder sentenced to 6 to 26 years in prison in Nevada for the murder of her personal assistant Melissa James on December
I was commissioned to illustrate the incredible story of Fred Steese, who served more than 20 yrs in prison for the murder of the "Poodle King" of Vegas even though the evidence proved he didn't do it. He was offered a horrible deal called the Alford plea and was recently released but he'd still have to remain a convicted killer. Published by @propublica and co-published by @vanityfair Thank you so much to AD @stuntbox and writer Megan Rose