February 11, 2016

Monfils defendants to get help from Innocence Project

The Minnesota Innocence Project and a Twin Cities law firm are digging for legal flaws that could free five men convicted of killing a co-worker in Green Bay 21 years ago. The five were convicted of killing Tom Monfils in 1992 at what was then the James River paper mill.

Monday night, almost four dozen people took part in an annual walk and rally for the defendants. Denis Gullickson told them that two attorneys from Minnesota are examining the case for free – as is the St. Paul-based equivalent of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which has succeeded in freeing a number of high-profile inmates who were wrongly convicted.

The body of the 35-year-old Monfils was found in a pulp vat, killed by co-workers reportedly upset that he went to police when one of the defendants stole scrap wire. Michael Piaskowski was freed by a federal court 12 years ago. The other five convicted men – Keith Kutska, Michael Johnson, Dale Basten, Reymond Moore, and Michael Hirn – have been trying unsuccessfully to get paroled.


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