Man Pleads Guilty in 1991 Buffalo Murder

Valentino Dixon previously convicted of the murder of Torriano Jackson

Mike Baggerman
September 19, 2018 - 9:55 am

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - After serving over two decades in prison for a murder he didn't commit, Valentino Dixon was exonerated by Judge Susan Eagan on Wednesday morning. 

Dixon was convicted of the 1991 murder of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson on Bailey Avenue and East Delavan Avenue in the City of Buffalo and has been in prison ever since. Dixon maintained that he did not commit the shooting. 

However, Lamar Scott, who is currently serving time in prison for an attempted murder, wrote letters to police and the district attorney's office and even confessed to the murder to a television reporter shortly after the shooting. Scott later recanted his statement at the grand jury proceeding, saying that prosecutors threatened him.

According to an article in the National Review, there was no evidence which tied Dixon to the murder. Two witnesses insisted Dixon didn't do it and were charged with perjury and other witnesses gave sworn statements that said Dixon was not the shooter.

Dixon's public defender did not call any witnesses to the stand or enter any exhibits in Dixon's defense. 

Aaron Jackson, the older brother of Torriano, told WGRZ-TV that that he did not know Dixon and that Dixon didn't know the Jackson brothers. However, he said he wanted Dixon's verdict to be upheld, saying that Dixon is lying and misleading.

Dixon served most of his prison term in Attica State Prison. While there, he picked up the hobby of painting famous golf holes and was featured in a piece by the Golf Channel.

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