“After seventeen years, and number of confessions by the killer—and the discovery of evidence that had been hidden—we won my appeal and I was released. But not before Jesse was executed, my parents died, and the children grew up as orphans.”
FROM DEATH ROW TO CENTER STAGE
The documentary play “The Exonerated,” by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, tells the true stories of six wrongly convicted death-row inmates, culled from interviews, court transcripts, and other primary sources. One of them is Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, who was arrested in 1976, after she and her partner Jesse Tafero were caught in a roadside gunfight in Florida that left two officers dead. Jacobs, Tafero, and the driver, Walter Norman Rhodes, Jr., were convicted of murder. After seventeen years of incarceration, Jacobs was freed.
Extraordinary couple weds after each spent more than 15 years in prison on murder charges before being exonerated
By DAVID GARDNER
UPDATED: 17:05 EST, 22 November 2011
Sonia Jacobs and Peter Pringle had something unique in common when they tied the knot at a star-studded ceremony in New York.
Both served at least 15 years on Death Row, one in America and one in Ireland, after being convicted of killing police officers..
And both were finally freed after their murder convictions were overturned when they were able to prove they had been unjustly accused.
Amazing and sad. How many innocent people are sitting behind walls locked up? When are Americans going to realize that we have a system that has become corrupted and that not all that are locked up are guilty?