Josiah Galloway

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L.I. Man Exonerated In Shooting Of Cab Driver, Released From Prison

September 13, 2018 - 4:29 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- After spending 10 years of his life behind bars, a Nassau County man was exonerated and released from prison Thursday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Josiah Galloway of Hempstead put his head down in court and paused, and then told Supervising Judge Teresa Corrigan, “I’m happy,” before the 31-year-old’s handcuffs were taken off and he became a free man.

Galloway described the experience as “a breath of fresh air.”

For 10 years, Galloway was behind bars – convicted of shooting a taxi driver in the head and nearly killing him. But in July, a person came forward and told prosecutors they had to get something off their chest, and said Galloway was not the shooter.

A quick investigation revealed Galloway was wrongly convicted.

“Thank you,” Galloway said. “Thank you for doing the right thing.”

Galloway’s mother battled breast cancer while her son was in prison.

“He was my reason for surviving to this point,” she said.

Josiah Galloway
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The man who was the shooter cannot be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations, but is currently behind bars anyway for a different come.

As for Galloway’s future plans, he said, “Spend some time with my family – that’s all that’s in the plans right now.”