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Drumgold Says He Has No Anger

Prosecutors Never Acknowledged Innocence

Shawn Drumgold
Shawn Drumgold
November 10, 2003

Days after his murder conviction was overturned and he was released from prison, Shawn Drumgold and his family are ready to make a new start.

NewsCenter 5's Kelley Tuthill reported that a lot has changed since Drumgold went to prison 14 years ago and he's getting used to new technology and plans to take a computer class. Drumgold, now 37, said he's not bitter and does not plan a civil lawsuit.

"My mother taught me patience, perseverance, and to strive toward something. That's what I'm doing. That gave me strength," said Drumgold.

Four days after his release from prison, Drumgold appeared to be a man remarkably at peace.

 "It's not personal. I'm disappointed because it changed my life. I want to see a change (in the system) so it doesn't happen to anyone else," said Drumgold.

 The mild-mannered Drumgold said he's not bitter or angry about his 15-year sentence that ended after a judge vacated his conviction last week.

The judge ruled Drumgold did not receive a fair trial for the 1988 murder of Darlene Tiffany Moore, a 12-year-old caught in gang crossfire.

"I'm innocent, still innocent," said Drumgold.

Although Drumgold said he is not looking for an apology, his lawyer is. Defense attorney Rosemary Scapicchio is incensed that the district attorney will not apologize or exonerate her client.

"There are police officers out there who intimidated, coerced and fed witnesses into wrongfully implicating Shawn. Not a thing will happen to them unless there is an investigation in this case," said Scapicchio.

"I believe things should have been done, but there's no malfeasance, no malice. Things should been done," Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said on Thursday.

Scapicchio and others are calling on the governor to appoint a commission to investigate the case and other wrongful convictions.

"How does a man spend 15 years in jail for a crime he did not commit? Everyone wants say 'So What?' The DA is accountable, the police are accountable," said Scapicchio.

In the meantime, Drumgold plans to move on and adjust to a new life with his wife and 15-year-old daughter, and adjust to the many changes around him.

 "Whew, new phone system, transportation system and buildings in Boston," said Drumgold.

His wife has some changes to get used to, too.

"I'm still overwhelmed, shocked. He snores. I'm trying to get used to it," said Drumgold's wife, Rachelle.

Drumgold said many of his neighbors in Roxbury have offered to help him get back on his feet.

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