After 24 years in prison, DNA testing clears man of sexual assault

(Photo: WBAY)
(Photo: WBAY)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Milwaukee man has been released from Green Bay Correctional Institution after spending nearly 25 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.

Daryl Dwayne Holloway, 48, walked out of prison Wednesday a free man. New DNA testing cleared Holloway in a sexual assault and burglary case from 1992. Online court records show an order to vacate those convictions and dismiss the charges was filed and signed in Milwaukee County on Tuesday.

“Man I’m almost 50 now. My whole life has changed,” Holloway said.

Holloway spoke with reporters outside GBCI. He was hopeful about his future, but recognized it would be hard for him to find work after being locked up for nearly a quarter of his life.

He talked about heartache and loss, and finding the strength to prove his innocence.

“I almost gave up on it when my mother died. I felt everything was gone. Because that was my rock,” Holloway said. “But I had to remember what she told me before she died. She said, ‘I don’t know and you don’t know what God may have planned for you. but you always remember he got something planned for you. And fight.’

“So that’s what I got to do.”

In his quest for justice, Holloway wrote to the District Attorney in the case, who launched an investigation into his wrongful conviction.

“I appreciate him so much, because he didn’t have to do that,” Holloway says. “He could be like a lot of prosecutors who turn their back. They don’t want to be wrong. But he wasn’t that kind.”

Holloway’s release was won with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, the group that also helped get Steven Avery released from prison for a rape he didn’t commit.

Wisconsin Innocence Project co-founder Keith Findley said DNA found on one of the victims’ underwear “conclusively excluded Daryl Holloway and the victim’s husband.” Members of the Wisconsin Innocence Project who helped free Holloway traveled to Green Bay to greet him.