One Probably Innocent, Another Probably Guilty, But No More Jail Time For Either

In 1994, Lynn DeJac, of Erie County, N.Y., was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her 13-year-old daughter, Crystallin Girard, and spent 13 years in prison. On November 28th, 2007, Judge John Michalski released DeJac and ordered a new trial when DNA collected at the scene of the crime was found to implicate DeJac’s boyfriend, Dennis Donahue.

Unfortunately, during DeJac’s initial trial, Donahue was granted immunity for testifying against her and cannot be charged in the crime.

Of course, even if Donahue did murder Crystallin, it doesn’t mean Crystallin’s mother was not also involved. This may be what prosecutors hope to prove. But even if they succeed in convicting her for second-degree manslaughter she will not return to prison; she’s already served the maximum sentence for that charge.