November 23 2011
Last Sunday I interviewed a man who spent half his life in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In 1983, Dewey Bozella was convicted of the murder of a 92-year-old woman despite no physical evidence linking him to the scene.
In the 26 years that followed, he was given numerous opportunities for an early release but only on the condition that he admitted guilt.
Dewey refused every time and said he would rather die in prison than accept the blame for something he didn’t do.
In 2009, a law firm which had taken up his case uncovered evidence that had been withheld from his initial trial and he was finally exonerated. Since his release he has achieved his dream of fighting a professional boxing fight and has dedicated his life to helping kids learn discipline and responsibility through the sport.
Speaking to Dewey on ‘iTalk Sport’ on Setanta, I was struck by his relentless positivity. Here is a man who has every reason to be angry with the world but instead he wants to be a force for good.
I can’t help but think that Gerard Houllier and David Ginola could do worse than sitting down with Bozella to learn a thing or two about letting bygones be bygones.