State of Conviction: Florida
Wrongful Conviction: Triple murder and armed robbery
Exonerated Date: 2012
Years Served: 18
Seth Penalver spent 18 years in prison, including 13 years on Florida’s death row, for a brutal 1994 triple murder and armed robbery he did not commit. Although his first trial ended in a hung jury, he was convicted and sentenced to death at retrial in 1999, along with his co-defendant, Pablo Ibar, who remains on death row. In 2006, Seth continued to maintain his innocence, and then the Florida Supreme Court finally overturned his conviction because the prosecution had introduced improper evidence at his trial. In Seth’s final trial, it was revealed prosecution withheld evidence that an informant crucial to their case was given money in exchange for damning testimony. He was finally freed in 2012. He is the 142nd person to be exonerated from death row since 1973, and the 24th such person in Florida, the most of any state.
Source: Witness to Innocence
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