Conviction Reversed for WVIP Client Mongold

Judge tosses Hampshire man’s conviction, orders new trial

Jeremiah David Mongold could have gotten out of jail a year ago, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

“He became eligible for parole last year and actually forwent a parole hearing because he wanted to have his habeas hearing instead,” said Valena Beety, the director of the Innocence Project at West Virginia University’s College of Law, and one of Mongold’s lawyers. “‘I want to prove my innocence,’ he said.”

After a hearing last month, Mongold’s conviction was thrown out.
After serving 11 years of the 40-year prison sentence he was handed in 2005, a Hampshire County judge threw out Mongold’s conviction in connection with the death of his 2-year-old stepdaughter.

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