Riker’s Island is revered as one of the most dangerous jails in the country and academic stand-out, Pedro Hernandez, 17, is choosing to stay in the notorious facilities to prove his innocence.

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After being arrested for an alleged shooting in 2015, Hernandez was nominated for a college scholarship from a nonprofit foundation while serving time in jail. The problem is, he can’t accept the offers while being locked up.

“I’m not pleading guilty to something I did not do,” said 17-year-old Pedro Hernandez. “I’m willing to stay and fight this because I’m innocent.”

Hernandez has been housed in the adolescent jail on Rikers since his arrest last July in connection with a shooting outside a supermarket. That shooting resulted in the injury of a teenager. The teen has stated his innocence on several occasions, but his family cannot afford to post the $250,000 bond to get him out.

Meanwhile, the case against Hernandez has been delayed several times. The Bronx district attorney’s office recently offered him a plea deal of five years probation, but he decided to take his case to trial to prove his innocence.

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Source: NBC News (New York)

About The Author Savon Slater

Savon Slater is a multimedia journalist based in New York. He has published work for BlameEbro.com and True Urban Culture magazine. He also is the host of the 'Need to Know' podcast on iTunes.

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