The Innocents (1964)
by Edward D. Radin

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Willie Comer

In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Willie Comer, twenty-one, a painter, was more fortunate. Sentenced to four years after being identified by two witnesses as a participant in a cafe robbery, he had served only four months when one of the actual robbers who had been convicted became conscience-stricken and named his accomplice so that an innocent man would not have to remain in prison. Comer was released in January, 1962.


WILLIE COMER, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Trial, September, 1961, Dauphin County Court; convicted by jury, armed robbery; sentence, 2 to 4 years. January, 1962, conviction set aside, charge dismissed. Actual culprit identified. Imprisoned 4 months. No compensation.