Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Out of prison, Anthony Caravella gets offers of help -- including for tattoo removal

Paula McMahon

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

4:12 PM EDT, September 15, 2009

Anthony Caravella is being offered help by people wanting to ease his way back into society after 26 years in prison.

One of the most unusual proposals came from a laser tattoo removal business that offered to get rid of two prison tattoos of tears on Caravella's face after staff read he regretted having gotten the memorials to his dead mom and sister.

"He needs a new fresh start and we thought maybe we could help," said Angie Amaro, a manager at Lasergenex Tattoo Removal Center in Pembroke Pines. She estimated the value of the removal at $1,800.

"That'd be nice," said Caravella, 41, of Davie, who was released from prison last Thursday after a lab test eliminated him as the source of DNA in a 1983 rape and murder in Miramar. He hopes to be formally exonerated soon.

More than a dozen readers have contacted the Sun Sentinel to offer Caravella a job, cash, clothing, restaurant and store gift cards.

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