Matias Reyes is a serial rapist who admitted in 2002 to raping Tricia Meili in 1989, over a decade after the Central Park 5, a bunch of black and hispanic teenage boys, had been convicted for the crime. When Reyes got here ahead, the Central Park 5 had been totally exonerated. They got a $41 million settlement from the Metropolis of New York for his or her wrongful conviction.
Reyes determined to come back ahead after he met Korey Clever in jail. Clever was one of many Central Park 5, and the one one of many group who was tried and convicted as an grownup for the crime.
In 2002, Reyes, then 30, stated on the time per The New York Every day Information, “I do know it’s laborious for individuals to know, after 12 years why an individual would really come ahead to take duty for against the law. I’ve requested myself that query. At first, I used to be afraid, however on the finish of the day I felt it was positively the appropriate factor to do.”
Previous to admitting to raping Meili in 1989, Reyes was already serving out jail sentences associated to the rape of 4 different girls, together with one pregnant girl. Authorities had been capable of decide that Reyes’ DNA was an ideal match, with the DNA discovered within the crime scene.
Right here’s what it’s good to know:
Reyes Is Nonetheless in Jail; He Is Eligible for Parole in 2022
Based on the New York State Division of Corrections, Reyes continues to be in jail, and is eligible for parole in 2022. His parole listening to is August, 2022. He can have served 33 years in jail by then; he has an mixture max sentence of life in jail.
Based on The New York Occasions in 2002, Reyes had a troubling childhood historical past, he claimed, the place his mom offered him to his father for $400 and he was sexually assaulted when he was seven years previous. Reyes’ prison historical past main as much as his conviction within the Central Park jogger case was extremely graphic: he raped and stabbed 24-year-old Lourdes Gonzalez in 1989 (the identical yr Meili was raped), whereas her three kids had been listening within the different room.
Gonzalez was the one girl Reyes has been convicted of murdering, however as The New York Occasions stories, Reyes usually gave his rape victims the selection between their life or their eyes, and would stab their eyes with superficial wounds.
Former murder investigator Michael Sheehan instructed The Occasions in 2002, ”He’s an entire lunatic.”
Reyes Claimed He Had a Disaster of Conscience in Jail, Main Him to His Admission
Throughout his confession in 2002 (which you’ll take heed to in full right here), Reyes stated that he “wished so unhealthy to strategy” Clever whereas they had been in jail collectively, “and to talk to him and to inform him that it was me that did the crime he’s in jail for, that if he might forgive me.” He added, “However there was a factor at the back of my head that was saying, ‘You don’t know what this child has gone by in 12 years of his life.”
He stated in his confession,
“I struck her from behind, again of the pinnacle. She fell down. After she fell down, I dragged her to the bushes. I violated her – raped her. And after I’m completed she’s struggling. I beat her with a rock…I went off. I hit her lots of occasions. I heard bones crushing.”
Reyes added in a 20/20 interview that he “thought” he left Meili there for lifeless, and didn’t know she was alive till later.
After listening to information of the exoneration of the Central Park 5 and the conviction of Reyes, Meili spoke out, sustaining she remembered nothing of the night however that she was stunned that just one man would have been concerned. She stated to 20/20, “When [Reyes] stated that he and he alone had carried out it, that’s when a number of the turmoil began, and [me] questioning, ‘Properly, how can that be?’”
In an interview with Katie Couric in 2003, Meili stated, “If [Reyes] is telling the reality, it’s a horrible factor if harmless persons are despatched to jail and — it solely provides to the tragedy of that night.” In different interviews Meili has maintained that she thinks a couple of individual was concerned within the brutal assault.