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Joseph Frey's rape conviction overturned by judge

Joseph Frey
Joseph Frey

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Score another one for the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

The UW-Madison group helped dig up the DNA evidence that convinced a judge in Oshkosh Wednesday to drop a 20-year-old rape conviction.

53-year-old Joseph Frey remains in jail while prosecutors decide whether to re-try him. He was sentenced to 102 years in prison for breaking into the apartment of a UW-Oshkosh student in 1991, and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.

But recent DNA evidence was discovered at the crime scene that was linked to James Crawford, who was convicted of molesting two teens in Fond du Lac after the Oshkosh attack in 1991.

Crawford died in 2008.

Prosecutors said the new similar evidence is similar to the evidence that convicted Frey, except that Crawford’s DNA was co-mingled with the victim’s.

Officials say they’re checking DNA test results two previous sexual attacks in Brown County in which Frey was suspected.

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