Boston Herald - June 26 2007
Maurice Sponzo, 92, exonerated wrongly accused teenager.
SIMSBURY, Conn -- Retired Superior Court Judge Maurice J Sponzo, a key figure in a 1970s murder case that cleared a wrongly accused Falls Village teenager, has died.
Judge Sponzo, who served as a one-man grand jury in an investigation that cleared Peter Reilly in the 1973 slaying of his mother, Barbara Gibbons, died Wednesday. He was 92.
Reilly confessed to the slaying after intense interrogation by the state police and the 18-year-old was later convicted of first-degree manslaughter. Reilly recanted the confession while serving a 16 year prison sentence