Wrongfully Accused Man Finaly Set Free - NBC New York

Wrongfully Accused Man Finaly Set Free



    22 - year - old Shane Rhooms, of East Flatbush, is happy to be a free man after spending 18 days behind bars at Rikers Island for a crime he did not commit.

    Rhooms was charged with the attempted murders of three NYPD cops, after being acussed of firing shots at officers who say they spotted him smoking marijuana in Flatbush.

    Had it not been for cell phone records and this surveillance video placing rhooms miles away from the crime scene, the young man would be facing 45 years to life in prison.

    Rhooms, who was holding down a job at a local restaurant and had just recently finished carpentry school was partying at a reggae concert here at Webster Hall in Manhattan.

    Wrongfully Accused Man Set Free

    [NY] Wrongfully Accused Man Set Free
    Shane Rhooms set free
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010)

    According to his attorney, Samuel Gregory, Rhooms' picture had been picked out of a book of photos by officers at the 75th precinct as the guy fitting the description. Rhooms picture had been placed in the album full of criminals after his first and only minor arrest for setting off fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

    Rhooms turned himself in when he learned the cops were looking for him, and was later picked out of a line up as well. Thanks to surveillance video and the hard work of his attorney, he's a free man.