Exoneration Initiative Client Cory Epps Exonerated

Exoneration Initiative Client Cory Epps Exonerated

Exoneration Initiative

As Cory L. Epps was led away 19 years ago after being sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for a murder he swore he did not commit, he told his family: “The Lord’s going to take care of it. Don’t worry about it, you all.”

Epps’ assurances came through Friday morning in an Erie County courtroom packed with his family and friends.

Now 46, Epps, a married father of three now with four grandchildren, was ordered freed in a courtroom packed with relatives, exonerated in the road rage shooting death of Tameka Means of Cheektowaga early on the morning of May 26, 1997.

“The judgment of conviction of Mr. Cory Epps is hereby vacated … in the interest of justice,” said Erie County Court Judge James Barnesi.

Applause broke out and one man yelled: “Thank you, judge.” Read more.