My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

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.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. 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.

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

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Plans for Hope and a Future

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
-Jeremiah 29:11

We have been very encouraged by the latest development in Shane's case: the Federal court of appeals has granted our motion to file a second habeas petition, meaning that Judge Shira Scheindlin will consider the merits of the claims we made in State court in 2014 (new evidence, etc.)

Thank you for your continued interest and encouragement. As always, I urge you to drop a note to Shane. A few lines from someone on the outside can make a huge difference:

Mr. Shane Watson
c/o Otisville Correctional Facility
PO Box 8
Otisville, NY 10963

Be sure to write your NAME and ADDRESS in the return address area on the envelope (upper left corner). Mail sent to Shane without this will not be delivered. 

Thank you,


  1. I used to write to a man on Death Row in Georgia, which is the worst place to be waiting in line for a lethal injection. He is, I daresay was, an artist who used pencil, toothpaste and any other media he could find to create his rather surreal, depressive images, mostly of prison life. He apparently killed someone after leaving a bar and tried to stuff the evidence into a dumpster. One day he stopped writing, which made me think the obvious, Lethal I. I even call the prison to speak to his Advisor who said "Oh, I saw him around yesterday". So Joshua apparently dumped me. After about a year of communication he cut me off. I never understood why.

    1. That's puzzling. Maybe he just became frustrated. We can't know what it's like to be in that situation, but I would think that corresponding with you would provide some enjoyment and substance for Joshua. I'm sure Shane would appreciate a letter if you are so inclined.