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posted Mar 24, 2016, 7:58 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 8:05 AM ]

By:On’Janae’ Sledge          

     Richard Rosario, a man accused of the murder of Jorge Collazo, is currently in the 20th year of a 25-to-life sentence for the 1996 murder of the 17-year-old in the Bronx. Rosario claimed that he was 1,000 miles away in Florida on the day of the incident and among the witnesses who can vouch for him are: a sheriff's deputy, a pastor, and a federal correctional officer. "I turned myself in when I heard police were looking for me," Rosario, who now is 40 years old, told Dateline two years ago. "I gave detectives everything they needed on the first night to prove my innocence. They never investigated any of it, do you believe I'm still here?" he said in 2014. "It's insane."

    In 1990, Rosario got on a greyhound bus to travel to New York City to clear up what he thought would was misunderstanding, but when he got there he learned that the police had gone to his mother’s apartment looking for him telling her they wanted him in a murder case. Rosario is very clear that he was not involved in any murder claiming that he was in Florida the whole month of June. He had many witnesses to alibi his whereabouts  but they say they were never contacted by anyone in the New York police department.

    Rosario was identified by 2 witnesses as being the shooter and was wanted in a robbery which he was also identified in. Rosario was convicted of both crimes and his sentences were to be served consecutively giving him 20 years plus. At 21-years old he was leaving behind a wife, a 1-year old son and a 4 year old daughter.

Edited by: SG  


Rosario and his wife Minerva after Rosario was released Wednesday