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Sidney Holmes, wrongly accused, was freed after spending 34 years in prison


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Sentenced to 400 years in prison after a robbery in which he played no part, Sidney Holmes was released after 34 years in prison.

Cries of joy, interspersed with tears. After 34 years in prison, Sidney Holmes was acquitted and released. He was sentenced to 400 years in prison. On June 19, 1988, Sidney Holmes, then 22, was charged with serving as the driver during a robbery. Imprisoned, he never stopped proclaiming his innocence. Even the relatives of the victims have expressed doubts about his crime.

“I don’t know why this happened to me”

After a two-year investigation by the Special Review Unit, fifty-one have now been cleared. “When I was 22 years old, I don’t know why this happened to me, life laughed at me. I had a career, I was studying as a surgical nurse. When this story fell on it, I snapped my fingers and lost everything. “, says Sidney Holmes. Her daughter was only seven months old when she was imprisoned. At the time, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence him to 800 years in prison for failing to report his alleged complicity. He can now seek multi-million dollar damages.

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