NY woman to get $2.7M for wrongful conviction

Associated Press Modified: November 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012
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Despite the findings, prosecutors could not consider bringing charges against the boyfriend, Dennis Donohue, because he'd received immunity by testifying before the grand jury that charged DeJac Peters.

In February 2008, the Erie County District Attorney's Office dismissed all charges against DeJac Peters after forensics experts they hired while preparing for her retrial concluded Crystallynn had not been murdered, but died of a cocaine overdose.

Donohue was later convicted in the September 1993 strangulation death of another woman and is serving 25 years to life in prison.

DeJac Peters, who has believed from the beginning that Donohue killed her daughter, has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Erie County and the City of Buffalo alleging negligence in the investigation and prosecution of Crystallynn's death. The civil suit claiming deprivation of DeJac Peters' civil rights is pending in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.