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

Monday, October 31, 2016

A True Patriot

Shane Watson's most recent letter dated October 22, 2016 provided a refreshing bit of inspiration, as his letters often do. As I write this we are just eight days away from the presidential election. November 8 will conclude what has been a national embarrassment. This endless presidential campaign has been a race to the bottom, filled with ugliness, ignorance and arrogance on a level that is stunning. Through the mechanization of the national political game, United States citizens are presented with a choice between two candidates totally lacking vision and imagination, totally out of touch with the anxiety and soul-sickness that has infected our culture. So be it.

In light of all this, and in passing, Shane wrote about the decision regarding his liberty which is now squarely in the hands of Federal Judge Paul Engelmayer. a judge for the Federal District Court of Southern New York. Judge Engelmayer is reviewing our appeal of the atrocious decision made by Judge Richard Price in New York State Court back in 2014, denying Shane a new trial as well as denying an overturning of Shane's 1993 conviction. According to our attorney, Robert Boyle of NYC, being granted a review by Judge Engelmayer was "a big win". I hope so.

In his letter, Shane writes "I truly believe that Judge Engelmayer will do the right thing and restore our faith in the justice system." 

He went on to write about the hearing in Judge Price' courtroom: "The way Judge Price (handled the hearing) was unbelievable to hear about, let alone sit through it and witness. Not in our great country!"

That final sentence hit me like a cannonball. "Not in our great country!" Here was a man whose liberty has been wrongfully denied for over twenty-two years courtesy of sloppy police work and a non-investigation by a NYPD detective, convicted of a crime he did not commit based upon flimsy and coerced eyewitness identification, since recanted. Despite this, Shane has faith in the justice system eventually getting it right. Why? Because he believes that's what happens in "our great country."

Five words handwritten in a letter: "Not in our great country!". How much more weight they carry than the millions of disingenuous words and babble spoken by Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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