My name is Matthew Echevarria I was wrongfully convicted,
sentenced to 50 years, and incarcerated for a crime I DID NOT commit.
On June 20, 1999 at 3:18 AM, a white male 20 years old
named Robert Mirabella from Elmwood Park
was fatally shot at 7109 W. Grand Ave Chicago, IL
while hanging out by some cars, eating and drinking with friends.
The suspects involved were described as male Hispanics.
There were 4-5 perpetrators, the shooter was described
to police by TWO eyewitnesses at the scene
as having a "green winged dragon tattoo" on his left shoulder.
I do not have a dragon tattoo.
This can be verified at the IDOC website. Witnesses stated that these perpetrators came out of Nick's Grill, a Mexican restaurant, located on the 7000 block of West Grand Ave.
The perpetrators had an altercation with
the victim Robert and his group of friends.
One of the suspects fatally shot Robert in the chest.
40 days later on July 30, 1999
The Police asked my mother to have me go to the
25th district police station for questioning.
I did so on my own accord to find out what they wanted.
The result was being denied a request for an attorney or a phone call, subjected to repeated interrogations, and deprived of sleep
for the next 48 hours, 20 of those hours I was handcuffed
to the wall sitting on a metal bench. I was identified in a questionable lineup by, charged with, and subsequently found guilty
of first degree murder, and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
I also became a victim of the this tragedy and miscarriage of justice.
THE ACTUAL MURDERER REMAINS AT LARGE!
NONE OF THE OTHER SUSPECTS WERE SOUGHT BY POLICE!
I have proclaimed my innocence from day one.
I am reaching out to the community asking for help.
If anyone has any information relating to the
ACTUAL suspects involved in this murder,
please contact me
or call .
HELP ME PLEASE I AM INNOCENT
All names and contact info
will be kept confidential