Joe D’Ambrosio

Joe DAmbrosioState of Conviction: Ohio

Race: White

Wrongful Conviction: Murder

Exonerated Date: 2013

Years Served: 23

Joe D’Ambrosio is the 140th death row inmate to be exonerated since 1973 and the 6th from Ohio. He spent 23 years on death row for the 1988 murder of Tony Klann, whose body was found in a Cleveland creek. There was never any evidence that Joe was at the scene, but Joe and two other men, Michael Keenan and Ed Espinoza, were all charged with his murder. In exchange for Espinoza’s incriminating testimony against Joe and Keenan, he was given a 12-year sentence. Joe was sent to death row. In 2006, a federal judge ruled that prosecutors had not submitted strong exculpatory evidence that could have led a jury to find him not guilty. Just before retrying Joe again, even more evidence was uncovered, and the state was also cited for not having divulged in a timely manner that the key prosecution witness, Espinoza, had died.

Source: Witness to Innocence

Read more about Joe’s story here.