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Man Wrongfully Accused In Beating Acquitted After Four Year Legal Saga

Posted by: on July 14, 2011

CHEW LAW OFFICES RECENT VICTORY: CLIENT FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES

San Francisco A man mistakenly accused of a brutal New Year’s Day beating was exonerated by a jury, ending  his four-year battle for justice, San Francisco Defense Attorney Jonah Chew announced today.

Thomas Connelly, 30, of Sacramento, was found not guilty of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and battery with great bodily injury. If convicted of both felony counts, he faced seven years in state prison.  The jury deliberated less than two hours before reaching its verdict Monday, Chew said.

“This verdict is the result of four years of investigation. For the first time since 2007, Mr. Connelly is free from his nightmare caused by mistaken identity,” Chew said.

Connelly was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2007 after celebrating New Year’s Eve at an Embarcadero Center restaurant. A fellow reveler had identified Connelly as the man who had “sucker-punched” him in the face several times outside the venue, breaking his nose. The complaining witness, now 38, was seriously injured and required several reconstructive surgeries.

Charges against Connelly were dropped two days later after police could not contact the complaining witness. The case was ...

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