It’s the stuff that movies are made of, only this case is all too real. A Florida man who had been convicted of bank robbery and was serving a 400-year sentence for the crime was released from prison on Monday after being cleared of the crime. The man had already served over 30 years of the sentence he received way back in April of 1989 for being the getaway driver in a bank robbery.
Sidney Holmes is now 57 years old and many of his best years could be behind him, but Holmes says he has no time for hate. His first objective after being released was to find a good meal. The newly-freed man burst into tears in the courtroom as his verdict was announced on Monday as his family and friend watched. It was the end, and the beginning, of a very long road for Holmes. It all started back in 1988, when two men robbed a bank in Fort Lauderdale and then stole a woman’s car to get away for the scene. While the two robbers remain unidentified to this day, Holmes was identified by a witness as the driver of the getaway car. The problem was, Holmes was not there. There was no physical evidence to place him at the scene, and many witnesses backed up his story that he was with them that day, but that wasn’t good enough. He was sentenced to 400 years in prison for the crime. As time passed, Holmes’ remained in jail as his hair grayed and his hope faded. But it wasn’t over. His freinds and family were quietly working on the case and getting him out of prison. An investigation recently proved that Holmes man could not have been involved in the robbery.
During a review of the case, cracks emerged, such as the identification of Holmes by a bystander. It was ruled that the witness likely made a mistake in saying Holmes was in the car. Upon further investigation, it was found that the car Holmes owned was quite different from the one described in the robbery. Based on a new wealth of information in the case, a 6-person panel reviewed the man’s case and declared him innocent and free to go. Both of the victims in the case agreed that Holmes should be freed. Even prosecutors were shocked that Holmes had received a 400-year sentence and that he had served 34 years. All of that is water under the bridge to Holmes, who says he has “no time for hate”. Source: CBSNews.com
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