Myon Burrell's Fight for Justice
Join Professor Perry Moriearty, student attorney Kaitlyn Falk, 2L, recent graduate Matthew DiTullio ‘20, J.D., and their client, Myon Burrell, for an hour-long discussion of Burrell’s case and the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic’s successful effort to secure Burrell’s freedom after 18 years in prison.
Burrell, who was just 16 when he was convicted, was serving a 41-year sentence. After a hearing before Minnesota’s Board of Pardon on Dec. 15, 2020, his sentence was commuted to 20 years, with the remaining two years to be served on supervised release. In a dramatic moment, Burrell was immediately released from Stillwater Correctional facility to a cheering crowd of family, friends, and other supporters. Burrell’s legal team, headed by Professor Moriearty, included Kaitlyn Falk, and Matthew DiTullio ’20, J.D.
Because Burrell’s case involved such a lengthy sentence meted out to a juvenile, it became a rallying point for sentence reform efforts. His release was covered by media outlets throughout the country, including the New York Times, CNN, and Time magazine.