State Conviction: Ohio
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Murder, Robbery
Exonerated Date: 2014
Years Served: 39
Ricky Jackson was a teenager when he was sentenced to death in 1975 for a murder-robbery. The only evidence against Ricky and his co-defendants, brothers Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman (aka Kwame Ajamu), was the false, coerced witness testimony of a 13-year-old boy named Eddie Vernon, who 36 years later, admitted that he lied to the police, because as a child, the police told him it was too late to change his story. All three were sentenced to death just months after their arrest, later commuted to life without parole. Unlike his co-defendants, Ricky was never granted parole, since he was considered the actual shooter. Ricky wound up serving 39 years, three months and nine days—the longest time in prison of any person exonerated in U.S. history.
Source: Witness to Innocence
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