Man released from prison after serving 34 years over wrongful conviction, reunites with family

A Florida man, Sidney Holmes, serving 400 years in prison for armed robbery, has been exonerated after more than 34 years in prison after the state of Florida reinvestigated the case and determined he did not commit the crime.

After spending over 34 years behind bars in South Florida, Sidney Holmes, 57, walked out of jail a free man on Monday, March 13.

According to ABC News, Sidney Holmes was accused of allegedly driving the get-away car for two unidentified men who violently robbed a man and woman outside a store and stole the male victim’s car. 

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He was arrested on October 1988 and convicted in a jury trial in April 1989. The Jury sentenced Holmes to 400 years in prison.

At the time, the prosecutor had asked the judge to sentence him to 825 years.  “I can’t put it into words, it’s overwhelming,” said Holmes, after he was exonerated and freed on Monday, March 13. 

Broward County State Attorney Harold F. Pryor, said a thorough reinvestigation of the 1988 armed robbery case raised reasonable doubts about his guilt.

Holmes said, “With the Christian faith I have, I can’t have hate. I Just have to keep moving”.

Holmes was sentenced as a habitual offender, as he was previously convicted of armed robbery for two incidents that occurred in August 1984. He pleaded guilty and immediately confessed.

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Some photos of the falsely accused man was taken as he finally reunited with his family. Checkout the photos below:

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