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Letters from Sing Sing

Letters from Sing Sing

NBC News Studios

In December of 2002, NBC News producer Dan Slepian got a letter from a New York state prison. It was from a man serving 25 years to life for murder. And it ended with a desperate plea: look into my case. Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez had been convicted of killing a retired New York City police officer, but he insisted he didn’t do it. Dan was skeptical. Prosecutors said five eyewitnesses had sworn JJ was the killer. Could five people be wrong? So Dan began to dig. What he discovered went far beyond just JJ’s case. And 20 years later, it’s still unfolding. Letters from Sing Sing tells the story of a man convicted of murder, a journalist, and the letter that changed both of their lives. New episodes drop every Monday through March 27, 2023.

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  • 7 - Friendship

    JJ turns 40. Jon gets in trouble. Dan receives a mysterious envelope with missing police reports.

    Mon, 20 Mar 2023 - 39min
  • 6 - Integrity

    The Manhattan DA’s office reinvestigates JJ’s case. A tip surfaces about Mustafa and Dan follows it to Seattle.

    Mon, 13 Mar 2023 - 45min
  • 5 - Peer Pressure

    Dan talks to two jurors from JJ’s trial and tracks down the alleged accomplice. JJ’s story finally goes public.

    Mon, 6 Mar 2023 - 36min
  • 4 - Eyewitnesses

    Police said five people identified JJ as the man who killed Al Ward. Dan sets out to find them.

    Mon, 27 Feb 2023 - 39min
  • 3 - 74 Minutes

    Dan checks out JJ’s alibi and pours over the 2,000-page trial transcript. It’s clear to him the trial was strange and he’s left with more questions.

    Mon, 20 Feb 2023 - 42min
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