Man convicted of 1985 rape released over doubts about evidence

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Springfield is free, for now, after nearly 30 years in prison for a crime he insists that he didn’t commit.

George Perrot was convicted in 1992 for a 1985 break-in and rape at the home of 78-year-old Springfield resident Mary Prekop. He was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences in prison.

However, on Wednesday, he walked out of a New Bedford courthouse a free man, at least for the time being. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet, now I’m going to go spend some time with my mom,” Perrot said.

Back in 1985, there was a series of rapes of older women in the Springfield area. Yet Prekop refused to identify Perrot as the rapist, saying that he did not match the description of her attacker.

Perrot was only 17 at the time he was arrested. Now he is 48 years old.Click Here to read Memorandum and Order on Bail

He was convicted mainly on an FBI agent’s testimony about a microscopic hair found in connection with the rape, but a judge found that evidence to be flawed, and released Perrot on personal recognizance on Wednesday.

Perrot is awaiting a final decision on whether the prosecution will appeal the decision, try him another time, or drop the case.

Perrot’s mother, Beverly Garrant said that she just wanted to take her son out for a nice steak dinner. “It’s like losing a baby and never getting him back,” Garrant said.

22News will continue to follow this story for you, and we will update you on the prosecutor’s decision.

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