My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT. This is the story of The Opus 30 Mission.


In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear to me that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 50 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

I followed up my suspicions about the case with Dr. Jennifer Dysart, currently a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Her SUMMARY confirmed my suspicions.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.


In April of 2016 I learned of the case of Mr. Robert K. Moore. I was invited to speak to a men's group about Shane Watson's case at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Yonkers, NY. The group is led by Mr. Mark Levine, LCSW. A week or so following the meeting, Mr. Levine emailed me about Mr. Robert Moore, who is currently incarcerated at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, NY.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's and Robert's story as well as new and current information regarding their cases. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

DIN: 93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Mr. Robert Moore's mailing address:

Mr. Robert K. Moore

DIN: 15-A-0195

c/o Upstate Correctional Facility

PO Box 2001

Malone, NY 12953

Saturday, February 28, 2015

" ....a small taste of what Job must have felt like."

I have always been deeply impressed by the resilience Shane has been able to summon in the face of setbacks. This was evidenced once more after I read Shane's letter today, which he wrote on February 25. In the wake of his father's death and the denial of our recent motion to he Appellate Court, Shane has once again managed to see this setback as a path to another door opening somewhere. Once more, while I have found myself angry and frustrated at the total lack of logic and common sense these denials represent, Shane has managed to remain hopeful, but not without expressing his own frustration and disappointment. "I just go a small taste of what Job must have felt", writes Shane. He adds that "I know that there is another door by way of "gateway" federal habeas corpus, where the likes of Jabbar Collins, the late Hurricane Carter and also Willie Lopez finally saw justice. Rita Dave (from the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation) can tell you that Lopez's federal judge blasted his wrongful conviction as "rotten from Day One".

"One part of the city (Brooklyn) is standing up and correcting wrongful convictions, while the Bronx is still business as usual, by not wanting a Conviction Review Unit." Shane's observation raises an important point: the Bronx has its share of wrongful convictions on its hands and needs to be examined. At our motion hearings before sleepy Judge Richard Price in 2013, the inept and fumbling testimony of Detective Sevile Jones, the lead investigator on Shane's case, was frightening if one considers just how many OTHER individuals likely have been sent to prison based on malfeasance and a non-investigation on this detective's part.

In his letter Shane asks "How can this type of injustice take place in this great country? My father had a military (funeral) ceremony for his service to his country. Then his son is being done so wrong."

A reporter from the NY Times has taken some interest in Shane's case. A Columbia University student, Cameron Fegers, has also taken strong interest in the case and is planning a demonstration at Columbia to draw attention to Shane's case and its implications regarding the Bronx. This is encouraging, and may lead to "another door".

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