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    VT - Man Convicted of Setting Fire that Killed 4, Says He's Innocent

    Man Convicted of Setting Fire that Killed 4, Says He's Innocent


    Burlington, Vermont - July 7, 2008
    A Milton man who admitted he set a house fire that killed three little boys and their grandmother, now says he is innocent.
    28-year-old Eric Williams is serving 40-to-60 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter back in 2001. The fire happened in an apartment house in Milton in 1999. Williams, a volunteer firefighters, was reportedly upset about a breakup with a girlfriend.
    Williams argues he was forced to make a false confession, had an ineffective lawyer and was pressured into accepting a plea deal.

    http://www.wcax.com/global/story.asp?s=8627249

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    http://www.wcax.com/Global/category....&nav=menu183_5

    please go to 0:44 on the morning braodcast where it talks about mr. Williams. for the video

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    Do you think he's innocent? Sometimes that does happen.

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    Dear SewingDeb,

    OMG yes I do think that he is innocent. BRING HIM HOME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermontn03 View Post
    Dear SewingDeb,

    OMG yes I do think that he is innocent. BRING HIM HOME.

    Hi friend, I cannot get any of the links to open. Others are working fine for me so I don't know if it's the links or my PC.

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    Hi the links are working fine for me. I will try to scan the paper clippings that I have from when the fire happened.


    here is an article from the burlington free press

    Man disputes arson deaths conviction
    A Milton man who admitted setting a 1999 fire in his apartment building that killed four neighbors says his conviction and sentence should be overturned because he is actually innocent.

    A hearing about the status of Eric Williams' challenge is set for Wednesday in Chittenden Superior Court in Burlington.

    Williams, 28, was sentenced in 2001 to serve 40 to 60 years in prison following his guilty plea to four counts of involuntary manslaughter arising from the deaths of three boys, all younger than 12, and their grandmother. But an attorney for Williams contends in court papers the suspect made a false confession, had an ineffective trial lawyer who failed to investigate the fire's true cause, and was pressured into accepting a plea bargain.
    "Mr. Williams is, in fact, innocent of the crimes," defense attorney Mark Furlan wrote in court papers. "In order to correct a miscarriage of justice, he must be permitted to present evidence of his actual innocence."
    The return of Williams' case to court has left Bobbi-Jo Perreault reeling. Three of her four children -- Ryan Francis, 11, Tyler Billado, 5, and Troy Perreault-Moulton, 3 -- and her mother, Amelia Perreault, 64, perished in the October 1999 blaze at the Sara Marie Apartments on U.S. 7 in Milton.

    http://burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/...yrhgy7de+Tc%3D

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    Here are the pictures that were on the article from wcax


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    Thanks!
    Why do you think he is innocent?

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    Because I know that he didnt do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermontn03 View Post
    Because I know that he didnt do it.
    And . . .



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    And??? What else am I supposed to say? Someone had asked why I think he was innocent? I said because I know that he didnt do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermontn03 View Post
    And??? What else am I supposed to say? Someone had asked why I think he was innocent? I said because I know that he didnt do it.

    LOL Vermont!
    Seriously, why do you think he is innocent? What proof do you have?

    I have no opinion on this yet but I would love to hear why you believe him to be innocent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermontn03 View Post
    And??? What else am I supposed to say? Someone had asked why I think he was innocent? I said because I know that he didnt do it.
    I guess I'm interested in how you know. Do you know the "real" perp? Do you know this guy and he just couldn't have done it? What?

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    Dear Pixies,
    For starters, I know him personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeana (DP) View Post
    I guess I'm interested in how you know. Do you know the "real" perp? Do you know this guy and he just couldn't have done it? What?

    Yes I personally know Eric, Yes I know the real perp but I cannot say his name till its out in the open.

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