FL: Man Given 400-Year Sentence Robbery Exonerated After 34 Years in Prison

Source: NBC Miami

“A man sentenced to 400 years in prison in a 1988 armed robbery in Broward is expected to be set free after more than 34 years behind bars. Sidney Holmes, now 57, is expected to be released from prison Monday following a request from the Broward State Attorney’s Office Conviction Review Unit. … Investigators found the eyewitness identification of Holmes was likely a misidentification partly due to the photo and live lineup practices commonly used by law enforcement at the time, which they said was scientifically unreliable and contrary to modern-day best practices. They also found that there was no evidence tying Holmes to the robbery, other than the flawed identification of him as a suspect.” (03/13/23)