CPCS Innocence Program 

After spending more than 40 years in a Shirley prison, Raymond Champagne had his life sentence vacated Tuesday by a judge who allowed the motion for a new trial.

Champagne was convicted in 1979 for participating in the 1978 stabbing death of Stephen L. Curvin while an inmate at the Massachusetts Correction Institution at Cedar Junction in Walpole. He steadfastly maintained his innocence, but was given a life sentence and sent to the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, which straddles the Lancaster town line.

Lisa Kavanaugh, the director of the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Innocence Program, took on Champagne’s case in October. She filed a motion for new trial, citing newly discovered evidence that cast doubt on the conviction. 

For more details on the case, see here.