MADISON -- Brendan Dassey's legal team is filing a petition for clemency to Gov. Tony Evers.
Dassey is currently serving a life sentence for his conviction in 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach of Manitowoc County. Dassey was 16 at the time, and has argued for years that investigators coerced him into a confession. He currently is not eligible for parole until 2048. Dassey will be 59 years old at that time.
Laura Nirider, one of Dassey's attorneys and co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, says they are asking for a pardon or commutation "on the basis of actual innocence and his extreme sentence."
In addition, Dassey wrote a letter to the Governor in April asking for a pardon. Here is a screenshot of the end of the 2 page letter: pic.twitter.com/XvkvW2xqp3— Shaun Gallagher (@ShaunGalNews) October 2, 2019
The controversial case and lengthy trial gained international attention when Netflix released "Making a Murderer" in 2015, a documentary that raised questions about the conviction of Dassey and Avery.
For the first time, Brendan has told his own story in his own voice, thanks to @itsjasonflom and the @WrongConviction podcast.— Laura Nirider (@LauraNirider) October 2, 2019
Listen to his first-ever interview at https://t.co/iU1ZFGDb3a — and sign a petition to encourage Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to #bringbrendanhome.
Avery was also convicted of multiple crimes, including first-degree intentional homicide.
Dassey also took part in a 'Wrongful Conviction' podcast. Click here to listen.